Armed Factions in Oromia and Somali States Clash over Border Delineation
September 13, 2017 - Following a deadly boundary crisis between the Oromia and Somali regional states, the Ethiopian federal government stated that it is working to resolve the conflict. The Ethiopian Information Minister, Negeri Lencho, stated that recent clashes led to the loss of lives and property. He said some 600 Ethiopians displaced by the clashes were receiving humanitarian assistance.
Clashes between the armed factions in the two Ethiopia’s states have led to the issuance of travel alerts by the United States and Canada. According to reports, the clashes were largely over border delineation issues. The Ethiopian official added that whiles Addis Ababa continues its active mediation efforts; the army had been deployed in the area and was conducting disarmament operations.
An investigation has also been opened and armed groups complicit of attacks on residents are being arrested. Reports indicate that the Ethiopia Human Rights Commission was also on the ground to deal with issues of rights violation.
A couple of weeks ago, the US embassy in Addis Ababa issued an alert cautioning of citizens of intense gunfire between two cities leaving a main road linking the capital and another town blocked.
The statement read: “The U.S. Embassy is aware of reports that the main road from Addis Ababa to Jijiga has been blocked by security forces between the cities of Babile and Harar due to intense fighting including gunfire.”
The Ethiopian government quickly dismissed the report and said there were only sporadic clashes in the region and that it had been brought under control. The Canadian government weeks later issued a safety and security alert for Ethiopia, citing clashes in parts of the country. They subsequently cautioned citizens to exercise caution.
A statement on its official portal read: ‘The Safety and security tab was updated – incidents on the road between Harar and Dire Dawa, and between Holeta and Ambo, on August 23.’ They did not state exactly the cause or nature of the incidents.
Source:- Africa News