Wollo University, Ethiopia
Wollo University, Ethiopia

The death toll from unrest in Ethiopian universities has reached six, the government said on Monday.

In a press statement, the Ethiopia Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MSHE), said a student who was injured last week during clashes in Wollo University, Amhara regional state located in the northern part of the country died from his injuries on Monday.

This brings the number of student deaths the MSHE has confirmed in more than week long clashes in various Ethiopian Universities to six.

The MSHE said weekend clashes in Debark university, located in Amhara regional state has also left two students injured.

The Ministry further said its working with University officials, student leaders, local community members and local government officials to restore calm to unrest-hit tertiary educational institutions.

Ethnic tinged deadly clashes between University students erupted in Wolida university, located in Amhara regional state on November 9, leaving two students dead.

Soon afterwards, ethnic tinged clashes spread to other universities leaving several other students dead and dozens of others injured.

On Friday, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed warned his government could close down Universities if the unrest continues.

The Prime Minister also warned his government will take legal measures against students who are found to be stoking unrest in universities across Ethiopia.

In recent years, Ethiopia’s higher education institutions have become scenes of violence between students over ethnic and religious differences. Enditem

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