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20 Jan 2020 | 09:45 AM UTC

Ethiopia: Casualties reported in Gondar amid religious festival January 20

Casualties reported following wooden bench collapse during religious festival in Gondar January 20; avoid all gatherings



A wooden bench reportedly collapsed in Gondar (Amhara region) on Monday, January 20, as thousands of Ethiopians were attending the annual Timket Festival (the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of Epiphany). At least ten people were killed in the incident and several others injured.

Events are likely to take place in other urban centers across Ethiopia throughout the day.  


Individuals in Ethiopia are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid any large gatherings and protests, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.