Ethiopia Amhara State Demands 2 Billion Birr for Cost of Treating Wounded Soldiers


NAIROBI (Somaliguardian) – Ethiopia’s Amhara regional adminstration is claiming two billion birr from the federal government due to costs of treating soldiers wounded in the war raging in Tigray region, Addis Fortune website has reported.

Hospitals in the region treated thousands of Ethiopian soldiers for wounds sustained during clashes against forces of Ethiopia’s former ruling party, Tigray Liberation Front (TPLF) but now the Amhara authorities are seeking Abiy’s administration to recompense medical facilities in the region.

Regional hospitals admit an increasing number of soldiers every day. More than four soldiers sustaining critical injuries visit the Radiology department of the region’s main hospital every week, according to Addis Fortune. The medical facility also treats Amhara special forces fighting alongside Ethiopian and Eritrean forces in neighboring Tigray State.

The report shows that cost of war has been too heavy for the Ethiopian government and allied Amhara region, though Abiy’s administration has not yet provided estimates of soldiers lost and funds spent in the more than 6 month-long conflict.

Thousands are believed to have died since what Abiy Ahmed billed as a “law enforcement” operation swung into action in Tigray in November of last year to oust the region’s powerful ruling party and tens of thousands of civilians were forced to flee their homes.

The United States has recently suspended security and economic assistance to Ethiopia and threatened a further action if those stoking conflict in the war-wrecked northern region fail to reverse course.

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