Oduu Haaraya

Ethiopia sending troops to region of deadly ethnic clashes

 September 15
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Ethiopia’s government said Friday it is sending troops to a region where deadly clashes have broken out between Oromo and Somali ethnic groups.

Somali regional officials say more than 50 people were killed in an attack against ethnic Somalis in the Oromia town of Aweday on Tuesday. Oromia regional officials say 18 were killed.

“People were killed using sharp objects only because they were ethnic Somalis,” the Somali region’s president, Abdi Mohamed Omer, was quoted by his spokesman’s office as saying during a burial ceremony Friday for some of the victims.

Omer has accused Oromia regional officials of not preventing the killings.

Oromia regional spokesman Addisu Arega called the accusations “shameful” and said in a Facebook post Thursday that the fighting was sparked when three Oromos were killed by the Somali region’s special police earlier this month. He said around 200 people were arrested after the violence.

Border disputes between the two ethnic groups are common. Though they agreed to reconcile their differences in April, conflicts have flared in many locations since then.

Government spokesman Negeri Lencho told reporters that forces were being deployed to areas that experienced the worst clashes, and a group has been sent to the region to assess possible human rights violations.

About bilisummaa

Yaa rabbii ilmaan Oromoo haqa garsiisi warra haqa isa ka dhabe karaa haqaatii fii gootummaan ifirratti falmatee deeffatu godhi!! Baha, Dhiha, Kaabaa fii kibbatti sagalee keenya tokko nuuf taasisi yaa waaqa!!

Check Also

HRW Urges Ethiopian Government to Exercise Restraint at Irreecha Festival

https://www.voanews.com/a/human-rights-watch-ethiopia-government-restraint-irreecha-festival/4035538.html FILE – Demonstrators chant slogans while flashing the Oromo protest gesture during Irreecha, the …

Yaada kanaaf deebisaa kenni