The Ethiopian State of Emergency Fact-checking office has rejected reports of assessment of civilian casualties being circulated in various international media outlets.
In a statement issued this morning on social media, the Office said that the reports “are unsubstantiated and suffer from unfortunate political motives.”
“The Government of Ethiopia regrets any casualties to civilians during the law enforcement operations. Even one death of an innocent civilian is too many,” the statement added.
“The fact that we have not found ourselves with significant civilian causalities is a testament to the careful planning and professionalism of our defense forces,” it stated.