The incident appeared to be an ethnic attack, according to a statement from the state-appointed Ethiopian Human Rights Commission. This is the second attack on civilians in the Oromia region in less than a month.
The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission says that the residents of Minder 20 and Minder 21 villages in Hawa Gilan in the Kelem and Welega district of Oromia are “mainly of ethnic Amhara origin” and that residents are hiding elsewhere despite the arrival of security forces in the area.
‘Shin group’ [another name for the OLA]Fleeing security forces, threatening civilians in the western part of [Wollega]. In the Oromia region, civilians were in [Kellem Wollega] They were slaughtered. “We regret the loss of our citizens,” Ethiopian President Abiy Ahmed said on Twitter on Monday.
“We will pursue this terrorist group to the end and eliminate it with our people,” he added.
The Office of Legal Affairs denied the accusations and apparently blamed government militias for the massacre.
“Two divisions of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces along with the allied forces occupy towns,” he added [Kellem Wollega], including Mushara, where civilians were killed en masse by the regime’s militias where the security forces did nothing. On Monday, in response to Abiy’s statement, Office of Legal Affairs spokesman Oda Tarabi said the regime believes it can only point fingers and get away with it.
The Ethiopian government designated the anti-terror organization, which allied with Tigrayan forces against the federal government last year, as a terrorist organization in 2021. The group has often been accused of attacking civilians and targeting ethnic Amhar.
The attacks come amid rising ethnic tensions across the country in recent years.
“Continuing insecurity in the region and what appears to be the ethnically targeted killing of the population must stop immediately,” said the President of the European Commission for Human Rights, Dr Daniel Bekele, who reiterated the Egyptian Human Rights Commission’s call for an urgent increase in government security forces. To prevent more civilian deaths in the area.