The Ethiopian government announces the deaths of 170 militiamen who attempted to attack the Great Renaissance Dam

The authorities of the Ethiopian region of Benishangul-Gumaz in the west of the country have reported the deaths of more than 170 militiamen from Sudan who intended to attack the Great Renaissance Dam, the Ethiopian macro-project that is taking place in the neighboring country.

In a statement, the authorities described these militiamen as “anti-peace elements” who attempted to “create terror, kill civilians and interrupt construction of the dam”.

The Ethiopian government announces the deaths of 170 militiamen who attempted to attack the Great Renaissance Dam
The Ethiopian government announces the deaths of 170 militiamen who attempted to attack the Great Renaissance Dam

The Ethiopian authorities have indicated that those who died include members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigray, a group waging war against the Ethiopian government in the north of the country.

If this information is confirmed, the authorities would accuse the organization of joining other initiatives to attack the Ethiopian government beyond the conflict in the Tigray and Amhara regions.

The dam has provoked the wrath of Sudan and Egypt when they understand that it is taking away the resources of the Blue Nile. The governments of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan agreed in principle in January 2020 on the main points of contention surrounding the construction of the dam and committed to signing the final document in late February, despite Addis Ababa holding talks prior to signing the agreement, something only Cairo did Has.

Ethiopia, which is financing the project on its own and aims to become the continent’s largest electricity producer and exporter, rejects these allegations. The work will be carried out precisely in the Benishangul-Gumaz region and when completed, the dam will be the largest on the continent.

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