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ICC NOTE: Christians are being increasingly attacked and murdered by Muslim extremists in Ethiopia as political and religious tension rise in the region.

Muslim-Christian Violence Escalates in Ethiopia

Christian Post

Oct. 20, 2006

Christians are being increasingly attacked and murdered by Muslim extremists in Ethiopia as political and religious tension rise in the region, according to a report on Friday.

Muslims in the small Ethiopian village of Dembi had reportedly told Christians they would not let them celebrate Meskel, an annual Orthodox festival beginning in mid-September, reported the World Evangelical Alliance – Religious Liberty Commission (WEA-RLC). According to Reuters, Muslims in the area rioted when Orthodox Christian celebrated Meskel, resulting in four days of sectarian violence in early October that left three religious centers and some 800 houses burned, more than 100 displaced, numerous people injured and 10 dead.

a resumed religious conflict in Dembi Oct. 14-15 resulted in five deaths.

“This is a very worrying situation for us,” said an Orthodox church official to the Sudan Tribune in an Oct. 5 report. “These things never used to happen but they seem to be starting now.”

International Christian Concern (ICC) reported on Thursday that it had just been informed of a brutal attack on Christians on July 20 in Henno , Ethiopia . Seven Muslim clerics in southern Ethiopia angry over the conversion of two prominent Muslims in 2005 brutally attacked at least 50 Christians, seriously injuring twelve.