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More than 4,000 arrested in Amhara as Ethiopia cracks down on militia

At least 19 journalists caught up in mass detentions after government moves against Fano, its former ally in Tigray conflict

Ethiopia has launched a sweeping crackdown against an influential armed militia in its Amhara region that has led to the arrest of more than 4,000 people, including journalists, activists and a former general.

The militia group, known as the Fano, played a key role alongside the federal military in beating back November’s southward advance through the Amhara region by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which is fighting an 18-month-long civil war against the government and its allies.

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