CAIRO (AP) — No less than 7,000 individuals who fled escalating ethnic violence in western Ethiopia have sought asylum in neighboring Sudan, the U.N. refugee company mentioned Tuesday, amid heightened tensions between the 2 Japanese African nations.
Violence within the Metekel Zone of the Benishangul-Gumuz area is separate from the lethal battle in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray area. That is the place Ethiopian and allied regional forces started combating Tigray regional forces in early November. The Tigray battle despatched greater than 61,000 Ethiopians into Sudan’s provinces of al-Qadarif and Kassala.
The UNHCR mentioned many of the 7,000 asylum seekers who fled Metekel have been dwelling amongst Sudanese host communities. It mentioned it was working with native authorities within the Blue Nile province to answer the humanitarian wants of the newly arrived, a lot of whom have arrived in hard-to-reach locations alongside the border.
Tensions escalated up to now three months in Metekel Zone, prompting Ethiopia’s authorities to declare a state of emergency within the space on Jan. 21, the U.N. company mentioned.
The Ethiopian Human Rights Fee mentioned greater than 180 individuals have been killed in separate massacres in Metekel in December and January.
Amnesty Worldwide reported in December that members of the ethnic Gumuz neighborhood — the ethnic majority within the area — attacked the properties of ethnic Amhara, Oromo and Shinasha. The rights group mentioned the Gumuz set the properties on hearth and stabbed and shot residents. The Gumuz see minorities as “settlers,” the rights group mentioned.
Ethnic violence poses a serious problem to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as he tries to advertise nationwide unity in a rustic with greater than 80 ethnic teams.
Amharas are the second most populous ethnic group in Ethiopia and so they have been focused repeatedly during the last 12 months. Fighters from Amhara, nevertheless, have been accused by witnesses of finishing up atrocities together with Ethiopian and Eritrean forces within the Tigray battle
The brand new inflow of refugees into Sudan comes amid tensions between Addis Ababa and Khartoum over a border dispute and the deadlocked talks over an enormous dam Ethiopia is constructing on the Blue Nile, the primary tributary of the Nile River.