– The regional special forces of Gambella, Sidama and Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region (SNNPR) are also going to Bulan Woreda in the Metekel zone in the Benishangul Gumuz region, the head of the Peacebuilding and Security Affairs Bureau, Abiyot., Alboro said yesterday the BBC Amharic.
Following the news of the deployment of Amhara Special Forces in Bulan Woreda, Abiyot said that the Special Forces from the three regions are conducting a peacekeeping mission under the regional command post.
“We share long administrative borders with the Amhara region. We work together on peacekeeping and development tasks, ”said Abiyot, explaining that the special forces from each region can operate under one command post. He also noted that the area is home to the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Abiyot underlined the importance of a joint effort, saying, “In this area the TPLF is crossing Sudan to attack civilians and GERD.” On September 13th, the Bulan Woreda communications office announced that the special forces of the neighboring regional state of Amhara had been “welcomed” by the residents of the city of Bulan in the Metekel zone. The statement stated that the residents of Bulan Woreda expect the “limitless” Amhara special forces to destroy “messengers of the junta” and “remnants of the TPLF that run around with their ideology and school of thought.”
It is worth recalling that municipal violence broke out in Bulan Woreda in early July, killing 14 civilians and injuring more than 17. The curfew restricts freedom of movement from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. and prohibits the carrying of all kinds of weapons by anyone other than authorized security personnel.
The ongoing violence in the contested Metekel zone continues to claim death of civilians. In addition to staging several reconciliation ceremonies to integrate members of an unnamed “armed group” and to resolve the security crisis in the region, the regional government has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the armed group and appointed 25 former members of the unidentified armed group in July to two regional, three zonal and 16 woreda-level management positions.