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Ethiopia forces kill 85 al Shabaab fighters near Somalia, state TV and commander say

Ethiopia forces kill 85 al Shabaab fighters near Somalia, state TV and commander say

REGIONAL forces in southeast Ethiopia killed 85 al Shabaab militiamen during border clashes, the state broadcaster and a regional commander said, days after the insurgents staged rare raids in the area. The fighting adds to the security headaches for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as he tries to quell an insurgency in Oromiya region, pacify disgruntled paramilitary groups in Amhara region, and start peace negotiations with the rebellious northern region of Tigray. Forces from Ethiopia's Somali region killed 85 al Shabaab fighters, and wounded and captured more in the Ferfer district near the border with Somalia, broadcaster etv said. A commander…
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Ethiopia blames militia for killing 338 people in Oromiya region in June

Ethiopia blames militia for killing 338 people in Oromiya region in June

ABOUT 340 people were killed in an attack in the western part of Ethiopia's Oromiya region earlier this month, the Prime Minister's spokeswoman said, blaming a militia formerly allied to an opposition party. Oromiya, home to Ethiopia's largest ethnic group and others, has experienced unrest for many years, rooted in grievances about political marginalisation and neglect by the central government. On June 18 gunmen killed at least 200 people in the Gimbi district of Western Wollega Zone, according to two local witnesses who helped bury the bodies. "Per data I have received from the Oromiya region yesterday, the number of…
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Tigray forces enter neighbouring Afar

Tigray forces enter neighbouring Afar

DAWIT ENDERSHAW and MAGGIE RICK  Forces from Ethiopia's northern Tigray region have mounted attacks in the neighbouring Afar region, a spokesman for Afar said on Monday, marking an expansion of an eight-month-old conflict into a previously untouched area. Tigrayan fighters crossed into Afar on Saturday and Afar forces and allied militias were still fighting them on Monday, Afar spokesman Ahmed Koloyta said. "Now (Ethiopian military forces) are on their way and we will work with them to eliminate (the Tigrayan forces)," he said. Getachew Reda, a spokesman for the Tigrayan forces, confirmed they had been fighting over the weekend in…
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Support for Ethiopia army, Amhara against Tigray forces

Support for Ethiopia army, Amhara against Tigray forces

DAWIT ENDESHAW  THREE more Ethiopian regions are sending soldiers to reinforce the national army in its fight against forces from the northern region of Tigray, regional officials said, widening a conflict that has so far largely affected the north. Officials from Oromiya, Sidama, and the Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples' Region said their forces had joined the army, known as the Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF), which withdrew from most of Tigray late in June. A fourth region, Amhara, has already been locked in conflict with Tigray since the war erupted in November. Both Amhara and Tigray claim the fertile…
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‘Children held in dire conditions Ethiopia’

‘Children held in dire conditions Ethiopia’

THE Ethiopian Human Rights Commission has revealed that police from the Oromiya region are holding a large number of detainees, including babies and children, without charge, in "unhygienic and overcrowded" police stations across the region. The state-appointed commission said children aged between 5 months and 10 years were being held along with their mothers, and that children as young as 9 were suspected of offenses and held with adult prisoners. Detainees in the region, which is in central Ethiopia and like other regions has some autonomy from the central government in running matters such as law enforcement and education, are…
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Ethiopia protest clashes kill at least nine, most by gunshot, doctors say

Ethiopia protest clashes kill at least nine, most by gunshot, doctors say

DAWIT ENDESHAW CLASHES between Ethiopian security forces and protesters demanding the release of an opposition politician and a media magnate have killed at least nine people in the Oromiya region surrounding the capital, according to health officials. The unrest highlights growing divisions in Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's Oromo power base as powerful ethnic activists who were once allies increasingly challenge his government. The protests started on Tuesday after a social media campaign for the release of prominent Oromo opposition leader Bekele Gerba and media mogul Jawar Mohammed, both arrested days after the killing an iconic Oromo singer Haacaaluu Hundeessaa. Jawar…
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Ethiopia PM fires defence minister, a one-time ally, in major reshuffle

Ethiopia PM fires defence minister, a one-time ally, in major reshuffle

DAWIT ENDESHAW\ PRIME Minister Abiy Ahmed on Tuesday replaced the defence minister, his former ally Lemma Megersa, as part of a reshuffle ahead of elections in the heavily divided nation next year. Lemma was replaced by Kenea Yadeta, the former security chief of Oromiya region, Abiy's office said on Twitter. Nine other top officials were also replaced, including the attorney general, his deputy and the mining minister. Abiy has promised to hold the first free and fair elections in Africa's second most populous nation next year, but his democratic reforms have also unleashed ethnic divisions that frequently spill into violence.…
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Arrest of 9000 in a month raises spectre of Ethiopia’s repressive past

Arrest of 9000 in a month raises spectre of Ethiopia’s repressive past

DAWIT ENDESHAW ETHIOPIA has detained more than 9,000 people after deadly clashes last month, the state-run human rights commission told Reuters, raising fears that a government hailed for reforms is returning to the iron-fisted tactics of past administrations. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who came to power in 2018 promising democratic changes in one of Africa's most repressive nations, is struggling to rein in resurgent ethnic nationalism that sporadically explodes in bouts of violence. Abiy's changes have unleashed old disputes over land, resources and local power, and he now faces the challenge of protecting citizens while preserving fledgling freedoms that helped…
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Gunmen kill 30 people in attack in western Ethiopia

Gunmen kill 30 people in attack in western Ethiopia

GUNMEN killed 30 people in an attack on a village in the west of the Ethiopian region of Oromiya late on Tuesday, witnesses said. Clashes between ethnic groups have become a major challenge to the government in the country, which took its present form from territorial expansions of the 19th century. Regional officials in Oromiya did not immediately comment on who was behind the killings in the western Wollega Zone of Oromiya. In the past they have blamed similar attacks on an armed group called OLF Shane. Wossen Andarege, a farmer in the area, said that those who survived the…
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Gunmen kill 30 people in Ethiopia

Gunmen kill 30 people in Ethiopia

GUNMEN killed 30 people in an attack on a village in the west of the Ethiopian region of Oromiya late on Tuesday, witnesses said. Clashes between ethnic groups have become a major challenge to the government in the country, which took its present form from territorial expansions of the 19th century. Regional officials in Oromiya did not immediately comment on who was behind the killings in the western Wollega Zone of Oromiya. In the past they have blamed similar attacks on an armed group called OLF Shane. Wossen Andarege, a farmer in the area, said that those who survived the…
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