Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Over 100 killed in border clashes between Ethiopia’s Afar and Somali regions

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Border clashes between Ethiopia’s Afar and Somali regions have killed at least 100 people in the latest outbreak of violence ahead of national elections in June.

About 100 civilians, many of them herders, were killed since clashes broke out and continued through till yesterday.

Ahmed Humed, the deputy police commissioner for the Afar region, told newsmen that he blamed the violence on an attack by Somali regional forces.

The bloodshed in the territory claimed by the Somali and Afar regions highlights security woes facing Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed that extend well beyond the ongoing conflict farther north in Tigray.

Both sides deny having initiated the attacks and blame each other for the violence.