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9 dead in unrest in Ethiopia’s central Oromia regional state  

ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) -- Unrest in Ethiopia’s central Oromia regional state left nine people dead, a regional official said on Wednesday evening.

Speaking to journalists, Umi Abajemal, deputy head of the Oromia regional state communication affairs bureau, said a further 13 people were injured in the unrest that affected various parts of Oromia.

She also said most areas affected by the blocking of roads and ceasing of commercial activities is returning to normal.

The deaths in the Oromia regional state occurred during a three-day strike called by activists starting on Monday to call for release of prisoners and political reforms.

The Ethiopian government seemingly relenting to the protesters’ demands freed hundreds of jailed suspects on Wednesday.

Ethiopia is still reeling from unrest that affected large parts of the country in 2016.

The unrest in 2016 led to the deaths of hundreds and was dubbed by analysts as the gravest challenge the ruling coalition Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front faced in 25 years.

The unrest involving parts of the three most populous regions of Amhara, Oromia and Southern led to an imposition of martial law in October 2016 which was only lifted in August 2017.

However, sporadic deadly protests especially in Amhara and Oromia regional states in recent months have renewed fears about Ethiopia’s stability.

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4 killed in unrest in Eastern Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) -- Unrest in Ethiopia’s eastern Harari regional state left four people dead, a regional official said on Tuesday.

Nesredin Ali, Harari regional state police commissioner, said the deaths happened on Sunday as organized “anti-peace” forces clashed with security forces, reported state-affiliated media outlet Radio Fana.

Another 10 people suffered light and heavy injuries in the clashes while seven trucks carrying humanitarian aid were destroyed in the unrest, according to the report, without identifying the identities of the victims.

Ali didn’t specify what caused the unrest or who the anti-peace forces were.

“In addition, machineries amounting to 150 million Ethiopian birr (5.5 million US dollars) were destroyed in the unrest,” he said.

Ethiopia is still reeling from unrest that affected large parts of the country in 2016. The unrest in 2016 led to the deaths of hundreds and was dubbed by analysts as the gravest challenge the ruling coalition Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front faced in 25 years.

The unrest involving parts of the three most populous regions of Amhara, Oromia and Southern regional states led to an imposition of martial law in October 2016 which was only lifted in August 2017.

However, sporadic deadly protests especially in Amhara and Oromia regional states in recent months have renewed fears about Ethiopia’s stability.

             

 

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