Samora Yunis was born in the Tigray Region of northern Ethiopia. He fought for the military wing of the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front, playing a leading role in the Battle of Shire (18–19 February 1989).
According to Human Rights Watch, credible sources identify General Samora as a member of the leadership group which met in Jijiga following the attack on oilmen at Abole on 24 April 2007 to determine an appropriate response to this raid.
- Gebru Tareke, The Ethiopian Revolution: War in the Horn of Africa (New Haven: Yale University, 2009), p. 105 ISBN 978-0-300-14163-4
- Gebru Tareke, The Ethiopian Revolution, p. 269
- "Collective Punishment: Renewed Insurgency and Conflict in Somali Region", Human Rights Watch report 11 June 2008 (accessed 17 November 2009)
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