Ethiopia attack death toll reaches 208

Ethiopia attack death toll reaches 208

An Ethiopian official said that attackers from South Sudan in western Ethiopia managed to raise the death toll to 208 people with 108 children missing.

The attack happened last Friday in the Horn of Africa nation's Gambela region which currently is the home of more than 284,000 South Sudanese refugees fled due to the conflict of their country. By Saturday, 140 people are accounted dad along with 2,000 head of livestock.

Government spokesman Getachew Reda told Al Jazeera 60 of the attackers were already killed by the Ethiopian forces and will be corssing the border to South Sudan to further ensure that assailants are stopped.

Although Murle tribesmen from South Sudan's Jonglei and Upper Nile regions are often involved in cross-border cattle raids such as this, it was often not as bloody and agressive as the attack last weekend.

No links were seen to South Sudanese government troops and rebel forces who were involved in the civil war against the Juba government which ended in a peace treaty in 2015. No one from the South Sudanese government were available to provide comments regarding the situation.

In January, South Sudan's opposing parties had agreed to share ministerial positions after international forces, including the United Nations, initiated a peace deal between the feuding sides August of last year.

 

Photo Credit: News Owo

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