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5.0 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Mieso District in Eastern Ethiopia

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Mieso-Oromia-EthiopiaJanuary 21, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Mieso district in Oromia regional state of eastern Ethiopia was hit by an earthquake 5.0 in magnitude on the Richter scale, reports the Addis Ababa University Geophysics, Science and Astronomy Institute.

“We have reported earthquake incidence in Mieso in Oromia region based on the survey collected from our five stations including in Addis Ababa and at Ethio-Kenyan border," Dr. Atalay Ayele, Director of the Institute has said.

The moderate earthquake happened on Monday about 6:00 a.m. local time and was centered around the Oromo-populated Meiso district but it

Security Officers Arrested for Failing to Protect Church, Mosques

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Mosques-burned-AmharaDecember 31, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Amhara regional police have arrested four security officers for alleged failure to execute responsibility and prevent religious-based attacks which left four mosques and a church burned in Mota town of east Gojam Zone of Amhara state of Ethiopia.

Speaking to the BBC, head inspector of the east Gojam Zone Police Department Ayalneh Tesfaye said the suspects were accused of failing to organize local militia and the police to prevent the attacks.

The inspector said those officials arrested by the regional government were heads of the zonal police depart

Former CEO of EEP, 49 Others Charged with Grand Corruption

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Azeb-Asnake-former-EEP-CEODecember 27, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Ethiopian Attorney General has charged 50 individuals, including former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) Engineer Azeb Asnake, with grand corruption and alleged misuse of power.

The suspects include Azeb’s colleague Bireda Maru who served as portfolio manager in EEP, Colonel Mulu Woldegebriel, former Deputy Director-General of Metals Engineering Corporation (METEC) and his colleague Lieutenant Colonel Solomon Berhe who was serving as Corporate New Business Development Finance Administration Head in the military conglomerate.

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INSA Foils Multiple Attacks from 17 International Terror Groups: Official

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INSA-foils-attacksDecember 24, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Ethiopian Information Network and Security Agency (INSA) has foiled multiple terror attacks that were planned against the country by 17 international terror groups, an official has said.

INSA Commissioner-General Demelash Gebermichael in a briefing said 17 members of the terrorist groups also have been apprehended ahead of their planned attacks in joint operations with 30 intelligence organizations of other countries.

ISIS and al-Shabaab were among the radical groups that the agency has accused of launching repeated attacks on selected places of the country.

250 People Detained for Recent Killings in Oromia Region: Official

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Zinabu-TunuDecember 20, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The federal attorney general of Ethiopia has announced the detention of 250 people allegedly involved in the recent killings in different parts of Oromia state of Ethiopia.

Briefing journalists on Friday, Federal Attorney-General Public Relations Director Zinabu Tunu said the suspects were accused of orchestrating deadly conflicts along ethnic and religious lines.

At least 86 people were killed and more than 150 others wounded in the protracted attack allegedly committed by ethnic Oromo youth otherwise called Qeerroo from October 23 to 25, 2019.

According to the director, police have

Two Local Officials Dead in Western Oromia Region

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Oromia-Communications-BureauNovember 28, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Deputy Head of Oromia Region Communication Affairs Bureau, Deresa Terefe, said two regional officials were killed by unknown gunmen in Gojo, in Western Oromia, on Tuesday evening.  The officials killed were Regene Kebebe, the Deputy Governor of Jelegu district, and Tesfaye Gebreme, the political party head of the Gojo town.

The killing of the two officials was not the first time to target the government officials in the region. It is recalled that a West Shoa Zone official was shot dead in the same way just one week earlier. Earlier this week, unidentified gunmen reportedly k

Universal Children Day Celebrated

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Children-DayNovember 21, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- November 20th has passed as an important date across the globe, a day the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959.

It is also the same date in 1989 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Since 1990, World Children's Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the Declaration and the Convention on children's rights.

World Children's Day offers an inspiration to advocate, promote and celebrate children's rights, translating into dialogues and actions that wil

At Least Two People Dead in Ethnic Clashes in Dire Dawa City

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Dire-Dawa-EthiopiaNovember 19, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- At least two people have been killed and ten others wounded in ethnic clashes in Dire Dawa, Ethiopian eastern city.

Eyewitness told Ezega.com the clashes involved members of ethnic Somali and ethnic Oromo communities.

The clashes which continued on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at a place called Ginde Gerada have left at least ten people wounded and two of them died at the Dil Chora hospital.

The city has been the scene of sporadic clashes between members from the two ethnic groups for several months, reportedly over land ownership issues.

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One Student Dead, Dozens Wounded in Ethnic-Based Attacks at Dembi Dolo University

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Dembi-Dolo-UniversityNovember 12, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- At least one ethnic Amhara student was killed and a dozen others wounded in what seems like a revenge attack in Dembi Dolo university of Oromia regional state of western Ethiopia.

Ethnic Amhara students told Ezega.com that three students of the university were kidnapped and their whereabouts are unknown.

The attack by ethnic Oromo students followed inter-ethnic clashes last Saturday at Woldia University where two ethnic Oromo students were killed and many others wounded.

According to reports, the tension is not limited to one university. Ethnic Amhara students in

At Least Five Greater Kudus Died in Undisclosed Disease Outbreak in Ethiopian National Park

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Greater-Kudu-EthiopiaNovember 10, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- At least five Greater Kudu have died due to undisclosed outbreak of disease in Kafta Sheraro National Park in eastern part of Tigray regional state of Ethiopia.

Solomon Worku, Public Relations expert with the Ethiopian Wild Life Conservation Authority told Ezega.com that the authority has deployed a team of experts who have confirmed the outbreak of the disease. The team also has taken samples from three infected Greater Kudus to identify the type of disease.

According to the public relations expert, the unidentified disease is affecting the wild animal’s soft part bo

Tension Running High in Oromia State After Fighting Broke Out in Western Ethiopia

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OLF-Fighting-EthiopiaNovember 5, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Tension is running high after fighting broke out in Begi and Qondala districts in Wellega zone of Oromia state in western Ethiopia between the rebel Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and members of the Ethiopian Defense Forces, residents said on Tuesday.

The fighting has continued even a day after an agreement was reached by Oromo political parties, including OLF, in Addis Ababa to collaborate for peaceful political activities in the region.

Eyewitnesses told Ezega.com that the fighting has been going on since last Saturday after OLF soldiers dismantled a blockade by members of t

86 People Killed in Recent Unrest in Ethiopia - PM Abiy Ahmed

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Abiy-Ahmed-on-ViolenceNovember 3, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed disclosed that 86 people were killed during the recent unrest in different parts of the Oromia regional state of Ethiopia.

Briefing journalists on Sunday, November 3, 2019, PM Abiy Ahmed said 76 of the victims were killed amid inter-ethnic clashes or religious-based attacks, while ten of the victims were shot dead by security forces. “The dead includes 82 male and 4 female.”

According to the premier, 50 of the dead were ethnic Oromo, 20 Amhara, 8 Gamo, 2 Siltie, 1 Gurage, 2 Hadiya, and 1 Argoba and 1 ethnicity not yet known.

Tensions Remain High as Qeerroo Continue Deadly Attacks in Ethiopian Cities

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Qeerroo-violenceOctober 24, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Tensions remain high in Addis Ababa, Adama and Dire Dawa cities of Ethiopia as ethnic Oromo youth, also known as Qeerroo, have continued blocking roads and attacking members of other ethnic groups and Christians.

Eyewitnesses told Ezega that gunshots are heard in Debre Zeit and Adama cities where several people died amid clashes between Qeerroo, on the one hand, and residents of the cities and security forces on the other.

According to the eyewitnesses, several vehicles were used to transport the attacking youth into Adama, the capital city of Oromia state, through all gates of the ci

Fresh Violence Hits Towns Surrounding Addis Ababa

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Qeerroo-ProtestOctober 23, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- A fresh outbreak of violence has hit some towns surrounding the Ethiopian capital after ethnic Oromo youth, otherwise called Qeerroo, blocked the roads leading to Addis Ababa.

Transportation services from Sululta, Alemgena and Burayu towns to Addis Ababa have been blocked as the Qeerroo, who carry sticks, protested and chanted in support of their leader activist Jawar Mohammed.

OMN director Jawar Mohammed on his Facebook page claimed that his security guards were told to leave his residence and that his residence has been surrounded by other security forces. His claim, however, has not

Masked Foreign Militants Carry Out Attacks in Afar State of Ethiopia

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Afar-AttackOctober 15, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets Awash Arba, Afambo and Gewane towns in Ethiopia’s Afar regional state, calling for the government to maintain peace and security in the region.

The demonstrations come amid non-deployment of defense forces by the central government at places where armed men on Sunday launched protracted attack in Afambo district, killing 17 innocent people including three children.

The state’s Peace and Security Bureau Head Ahmed Mohammed on Tuesday October 15, 2019 said masked foreign attackers who looked al-Shabaab militants carried out the offense.

At Least 16 People Killed in Protracted Attack in Afar State of Ethiopia - Police

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Afar-Attack-EthiopiaOctober 14, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- At least 16 people were killed, and several others wounded in protracted attack in Afambo district Megu locality of Afar regional state, the state’s police disclosed.

Deputy Commissioner of the state’s crime prevention department Ahmed Umed said well-organized attackers committed the offense killing 16 people, including three children and four women.

According to the deputy commissioner, the attackers were backed by military vehicles to launch the attack over the weekend starting 3PM until late evening. However, the police said, currently, they do not concrete evidence on t

Desert Locust Threatens Eastern Ethiopia

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Desert-LocustOctober 12, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Desert Locust has threatened eastern part of Ethiopia and destroyed grass and shrubs in country’s Somali and Afar regional states, the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture has disclosed

Plants Conservation Director with the Ministry Zebdios Flato told journalists on Friday that the desert locusts have destroyed grass and shrubs on eight districts of Afar and three districts of Somali regional states since its appearance in July this year.

The desert locust has caused no serious damages on crops but ravaged grasses and shrubs in east Amhara, South eastern of Tigray an

At Least Five Killed, Four Wounded in Ongoing Attacks in Amhara State of Ethiopia

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North-Shoa-Amhara-EthiopiaOctober 8, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- At least five people were killed, and four others wounded in the ongoing attacks by undisclosed armed groups against civilians in Ataye town of north Shoa in Amhara regional state, eyewitnesses told Ezega
 
The latest attack, which began last Saturday, occurred after members of the national defense forces and regional security forces had been deployed in the town to counter the attacks.
 
Tefera Wendemagegn, administrator of the Northern Shoa, confirmed to the media the killing of five people and wounding of four oth

One Person Killed, Two Wounded in Fire Exchange in Amhara Town

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North-Shoa-Amhara-EthiopiaOctober 6, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- At least one person was killed and two others wounded in exchange of fire that occurred in Ataye town of Eferata Gidem district of North Shoa, in Amhara regional state of Ethiopia.

Eyewitnesses told Ezega that residents of the Ataye town have been told to stay at home as gun shots were going on in the area, including from heavy arms.

The guns shots can still be heard in places called Suni Mewicha and Abubeker mountain areas where the armed groups are reportedly hidden.   

According to the eyewitness, the security problem relapsed after an armed i

Millions Join Oromo Irrecha Celebrations in Addis Ababa

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Irreecha-2019-EthiopiaOctober 4, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Millions of the people joined the eve of Hora Irrecha celebrations held in Addis Ababa through the five entry roads from all corners of Ethiopia yesterday.  

Hora Irrecha celebrations to be held on Saturday October 5, 2019, the first in 150 years as claimed by the organizers, is expected to host at least six million people, to be the largest number of celebrants in the history of the country.

Cultural troupes representing various Oromo people have displayed enlightening dances as they entered into Finfine as they called Addis Ababa. They were warmly welcomed by ener

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