ADDIS ABABA, March 16 (Xinhua) -- Around 3,230 fighters in Ethiopia's western Benishangul-Gumuz regional state have surrendered, an Ethiopian official said on Thursday.
Alemayehu Wolde, Deputy Head of Western Command at Ethiopian Army, said 3,230 fighters have given up their weapons and opted to go into rehabilitation programs, reported state media outlet Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC).
Wolde said work will continue to convince remaining fighters to lay off their weapons and join rehabilitation programs.
In recent months, deadly inter-communal violence in the Metekel zone of Benishangul-Gumuz regional state has killed thousands of civilians and displaced more than 100,000 others.
In one deadly incident in December, at least 207 people were killed in a massacre in Bekoji village, Metekel zone. The violence is mainly over access to power and land resources.
Benishangul-Gumuz Regional State, located along the Ethiopia-Sudan border, hosts Ethiopia's largest development project - 5,150 Megawatts (MW) the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which is under construction on the Blue Nile River with a construction cost of close to 5 billion U.S. dollars. Enditem