Aug 04

Ethiopia’s Amhara region requests federal help over militia unrest

The government of Ethiopia’s Amhara region asked federal authorities on Thursday to “take appropriate measures” in response to intense clashes between local militiamen and the military. The request follows several days of fighting in towns across Amhara, the country’s second-biggest region, between federal forces and the Fano militia. Reuters reports that Fano fighters backed the military during a two-year civil war in the neighbouring Tigray region that ended last November, but a simmering feud in recent months has burst into the open this week.