US urged Ethiopian government to investigate the allegations of ethnic clashes in Eastern parts of the country. Featured

Written by  Published in Politics Tuesday, 19 September 2017 06:40
The US embassy in Addis Ababa in its statement released today required the Ethiopian government to conduct a transparent investigation into all allegations of violence and to hold those responsible accountable.
 
The embassy also said communities in the local level must be encouraged and given space to speak peaceful resolutions to the conflicts. 
 
More than 55,000 ethnic Oromos have been displaced from Ethiopia’s Somali region after a week of clashes with Somalis in which dozens were killed, the regional government of Ethiopia’s restive Oromia region said on Sunday, September 17, 2017.
 
The statement from the Oromia government follows claims by Somali regional officials earlier this week that more than 50 people were killed in an attack against ethnic Somalis in Aweday town.
 
“More than 55,000 Oromos were displaced from the Somali region after the recent incident and are now sheltered in makeshift camps,” Addisu Arega, Oromia region’s spokesman, said in the statement. “Overall, some 416,807 Oromos have been displaced this year alone in fear of attacks by the Somali region’s Special Police Force.”
 
Oromia officials say only 18 people were killed and that Oromos have been moving out of Somali towns and villages in fear of reprisals.
Border disputes between the two ethnic groups are common. Though they agreed to reconcile in April, conflict persists in many locations.
 
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