26 September 2017

Somalia: Ethiopia Says Somaliland Displaced Thousands of Oromo People

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A regional map of Ethiopia.

Ethiopia accused a semi-autonomous territory in neighboring Somalia of illegally displacing more than 3,000 long-term Oromo residents in the wake of clashes on the boundary between two of Ethiopia's regional states.

The northern territory of Somaliland displaced the Oromos, who belong to Ethiopia's largest ethnic group and are now sheltering in Ethiopia's Oromia and Somali regional states, Information Minister Negeri Lencho told reporters Monday in the capital, Addis Ababa.

He said the eastern part of Oromia experienced "bloody conflict" in the border clashes earlier this month and described Oromos as having been "targeted" there, in Ethiopia's Somali region and in Somaliland, without elaborating.

He said fighting that occurred in the Ethiopian regions of Oromia and Somali this month has left "hundreds" of people dead and resulted in "tens of thousands" fleeing their homes, although the federal government will give exact figures after an investigation. Somaliland Foreign Minister Saad Ali Shire said by email that he has instructed his staff to report to him on the matter and he needed the facts before he could comment.

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