Unidentified armed assailants killed at least 14 people and displaced more than a hundred after an attack in Metekel Zone (Benishangul-Gumuz state) on Monday, July 27. Responsibility for the attack was not immediately claimed.
Further attacks are possible in the region over the medium term.
Local officials reportedly stated the attack was ethnically motivated, and that members of the Amhara community were targeted in the attack. However, regional state officials allege that the attack was conducted to destabilize the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project. The GERD has reportedly caused friction between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt, with negotiations between the countries ongoing.
Those present in Ethiopia are advised to monitor local developments, maintain a high degree of situational awareness, and remain vigilant for potential criminal activity.
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