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More ethnic unrest in southern Ethiopia leaves 21 people dead

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- Ethnic clashes near Moyale town in southern Ethiopia have left 21 people dead, said a state media report on Saturday.

Surewe Mohammed, Deputy Head of Communications Head Office of Somali regional state, said several days of ethnic clashes in Moyale town on the border with Kenya left 21 people dead and 61 others injured, reported state media outlet Ethiopia News Agency (ENA).

Surewe said the injured are being treated in nearby medical institutions and discussions are being held among local and federal government and security officials to prevent a recurrence of the ethnic violence.

ENA didn’t name the groups that were involved in the ethnic clashes, but activists on social media are claiming the clashes involved ethnic Somalis and ethnic Oromos.

Moyale town is claimed by both ethnic Oromos and ethnic Somalis.

Oromia and Somali regional states have been locked in a wider dispute over the demarcation of their 1,500 km long common boundary for almost two decades.

A referendum in October 2004 was supposed to demarcate the boundary between the two regional states, but its implementation has been stalled ever since, with both sides accusing each other of non-compliance with the referendum results.
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 APRIL 2018  

Bomb attack in southern Ethiopia causes several casualties

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- The Ethiopia command post that was established to enforce the recently decreed six-month martial law announced on Thursday that a bomb attack in Moyale city near Ethiopia’s southern border with Kenya left several casualties.

The command post didn’t give details on the dead and wounded in the bomb blast which occurred on Tuesday, but it blamed "anti-peace" forces for the attack.

Moyale city is contested by Ethiopia’s Oromia and Somali regional states and has for the past several years witnessed communal violence involving ethnic Oromos and Somalis.

Ethiopia is reeling from persistent deadly protests since 2016 especially in the two most populous regional states of Amhara and Oromia over alleged political and economic marginalization.
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 MARCH 2018  

Ethiopia says working to repatriate citizens who flee to Kenya

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia’s Command Post, established to enforce the recently decreed state of emergency, said Saturday that efforts are underway to repatriate Ethiopians who have fled to Kenya from Ethiopia’s Moyale district.

Between 7,000 and 8,000 Ethiopians have fled Moyale to neighboring Kenya "fearing for their safety," state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC) reported on Saturday by quoting Assefa Abyou, Commissioner General of the Ethiopian Federal Police Commission.

"The government of Ethiopia is undertaking various activities to bring them back home," Abyou told local media on Saturday.

The mass exodus occurred after a March 10 incident when an army unit mistakenly opened fire on civilians, killing nine and injuring 12 others.

The troops were deployed around Moyale city along Ethiopia’s border with Kenya to intercept outlawed Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) fighters.

The command post after the incident launched investigations and disarmed some members of the army force, who were put under arrest pending investigations.

The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) said Friday that it has received about 9,667 Ethiopian asylum seekers in northern border town of Moyale since the incident.

The KRCS also indicated that the much-needed humanitarian support is being provided.

Moyale city, located in Ethiopia’s Oromia regional state along the border with Kenya, has been in a state of unrest since mid 2016.

Similar recent unrest and violence have forced the Ethiopian government to impose a six-month martial law effective as of Feb. 16, saying it was to protect the country’s constitution, citizens and their property.
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Number of Ethiopian asylum seekers in Kenya nears 10,000

NAIROBI Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) said on Friday that it has received about 9,667 Ethiopian asylum seekers in northern border town of Moyale following their displacement in a botched security operation on March 10.

KRCS Secretary General Abbas Gullet said mass nutrition screening is currently ongoing to establish the nutritional status of children under five years, pregnant and lactating women.

"The Kenya Red Cross Society has been conducting multiple interventions since this crisis broke out.

"Today, we have led a high delegation to Moyale with key partners and decision makers for them to witness firsthand the critical needs of these families.

"We really hope for a sustainable solution," Gullet said in a statement.

The red cross said it has established a makeshift camp at in Sololo to provide shelter for populations that were previously residing at Maeyi, Kukub, Gada Korma and Dambala Fachana in Sololo ward as efforts to set up transitional shelters and finalize on the camp are underway.

"The prevailing situation in the makeshift camps continues to be of concern as the children may be susceptible to infections, especially with the onset of rains, which may lead to a decline in their nutritional status," said the red cross.

The agency said the main ailments so far treated at the Out-Patient Department clinics during the medical outreaches are diarrhea, upper respiratory tract infections, pneumonia, eye infections and skin infections.

The KRCS said the much-needed humanitarian support is being provided, especially through food and non-food items, integrated medical outreaches, health education and sanitation.

The Marsabit County government has also been on site providing food and water to the refugees with support from well-wishers.

Ethiopian authorities have launched investigations into the killing of nine civilians who were killed in a botched security operation after mistaking them for members of the banned Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) who were attempting to sneak into the country.

The incident happened on March 10 when an army unit deployed around Moyale city along Ethiopia’s border with its neighboring Kenya to intercept suspected OLF fighters, in which the soldiers mistakenly opened fire on civilians, killed nine and injured 12 others.

The Ethiopian government later disarmed some members of its army force and put under arrest pending investigations.

Moyale city, located in Ethiopia’s Oromia regional state along the border with Kenya, has been in a state of unrest since mid 2016.

Similar recent unrest and violent incidents have forced the Ethiopian government to impose a six-month martial law effective as of Feb. 16, saying it was to protect the country’s constitution, citizens and their property from the dangers that would arise from the ongoing violent demonstrations in different parts of the country.
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Over 39,000 displaced in restive southern Ethiopia: military

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia said Thursday that unrest in Moyale area, southern Ethiopia, in recent days has displaced 39,825 people.

Speaking to the state-owned Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC), Colonel Aligaz Gebre, head of the 41st division of Ethiopia army, said rumors of war was largely responsible for the displacement.

Gebre’s comment came after a botched military operation to sniff out rebels in Moyale city last Saturday left nine civilians dead and 12 injured.

The deadly shooting and resulting panic has already led to more than 8,000 people to flee to neighboring Kenya.

Ethiopia’s Command Secretariat on Sunday said four soldiers including a colonel have been disarmed and put under arrest pending investigation.

Moyale near Kenya border is in Oromia regional state, which has been in a state of unrest since late 2015 that has left hundreds dead and thousands jailed.

The unrest has forced the Ethiopian government to impose a six-month martial law starting February 16, saying it was to protect the country’s constitution, citizens and their property from dangers that would arise from the violent demonstrations.

The current martial law period is the second the East African country has imposed since the second half of 2016. Ethiopia had witnessed a 10-month long state of emergency period since October 2016.

             

 

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