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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 

Police nabs mass illegal armaments in Ethiopian capital

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- Ethiopian police on Saturday disclosed that it has seized some 180 illegal handguns when they were being smuggled into Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia.

According to the Addis Ababa Police Commission, the armaments were intercepted in Addis Ababa, in a joint operation among police and the national inelegance unit, while the armaments were being transported into the capital packed inside a mini-bus.

Police’s capture of the handguns on Saturday came amid an increase in smuggling and transaction of armaments in the east African country.

The Ethiopian Federal Police Commission, however, did not give further details regarding the identity of the latest handguns smugglers as well as their intention.

Police had also recently stressed that armaments are illegally smuggled into the country, which is said to create a widespread impact on the country’s peace and security situations.

The commission had recently arrested more than 18 suspects in connection with smuggling of armaments into the country. Some of them were also said to be involved in illicit foreign currency outflow.

Police over the last week alone had announced multiple seizures of millions U.S. dollars that was illegally smuggled out of Ethiopia including at the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s major international flights hub.

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EARLIER REPORTS:

Ethnic clashes in northern Ethiopia leaves six dead

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- Ethnic clashes in Ethiopia’s Amhara regional state, located in the northern part of the country, has left six people dead, local authorities said on Friday.

In a press statement, Bati Locality Communications Bureau of Amhara regional state, said the clashes were between ethnic Oromo and ethnic Afar communities on Thursday evening.

The statement said four of the dead were civilians while the other two were soldiers sent to the conflict area to help restore peace. The two soldiers were killed after they were caught up in the crossfire of clashes between the two ethnic communities.

According to the statement, the deadly ethnic clashes left another six people injured. Local and federal government officials are currently on the scene trying to mediate between members of ethnic Oromo and Afar communities to prevent a recurrence of the Thursday violence.

In recent years, increasing scarcity of grazing and agricultural lands exacerbated by erratic weather conditions has caused occasional deadly clashes between ethnic Oromo and ethnic Afar communities in the area.

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Ethiopia repatriates over 4,000 nationals from Middle Eastern, African countries

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- The Ethiopia Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) announced on Friday it has repatriated 4,168 nationals in last two weeks from Middle Eastern and African countries.

The Ethiopian nationals were repatriated from Tanzania, Libya and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Speaking to local and foreign media outlets, Meles Alem, Spokesperson at MoFA, said the government repatriated the nationals with the joint efforts of Tanzanian, Libyan and UAE authorities.

Alem said some of the nationals had been serving prison terms in those three countries.

“In addition to repatriating Ethiopian nationals who are stranded in foreign countries, the MoFA is also working to ensure the employment rights including pay rights of Ethiopian nationals,” he further said.

It is estimated that tens of thousands of Ethiopians are trafficked into foreign countries annually.

The human trafficking goes through three different routes, with the northern one going through Sudan, Libya and Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe.

The second route goes east through Somalia, Djibouti and the Red Sea to reach Saudi Arabia.

The third one goes south through Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique to reach South Africa.

             

 

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