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Ethiopians arrest 364 in connection with deadly ethnic violence

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- Ethiopian police announced on Sunday they have arrested 364 individuals for their suspected role in recent ethnic violence that left at least 26 people dead.

In a joint press statement, the Addis Ababa and Oromia Police, said the individuals are under custody for ethnic violence last weekend in Burayu town, on the outskirts of Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa that left at least 26 people dead, reported state affiliated media outlet Fana Broadcasting Corporation (FBC).

Ethiopian police on Saturday brought before the Ethiopia Federal High Court in Addis Ababa, 219 of the suspects for preliminary hearings on their suspected role in the ethnic violence.

The suspects are in custody on suspicion of involvement in various crimes including murder, bodily assault, arson, rape and robbery.

Deadly ethnic violence last weekend in Burayu town, near Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, between local ethnic Oromos and other ethnicities left at least 26 people dead and around 4,500 people displaced.

The weekend attack followed recent clashes in Addis Ababa among local residents and youth from surrounding ethnic Oromo areas who flocked to the city to celebrate the return of the exiled rebel leader of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) group that has been fighting insurgency for self-determination of Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, the Oromos.

Addis Ababa is an ethnically-mixed city of around 4 million people, but is situated within the larger Oromo-dominated Oromia regional state.

On Monday this week, thousands of people took to the streets in Addis Ababa to protest the killing of civilians and property damage, urging the government to take action and protect civilians.

During the protest, five people were shot dead amid confrontations between police and angry demonstrators.

Ethiopia Federal Police Commissioner Zeynu Jemal said there were attempts to loot property under the guise of demonstrations and that some “dangerous vagrants” also tried to snatch weapons from police officers.

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Ethiopia rehabilitates recent deadly attack victims

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- The Ethiopian government on Saturday revealed that more than 1,700 people were rehabilitated to their livelihoods after a deadly conflict left some 26 dead on the outskirt of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.

Some 26 people have so far been confirmed dead while thousands of others have left their homes as the attack over the weekend drove residents to flee and seek refuge in schools and other public facilities, according to Ethiopian police.

According to the Addis Ababa City Administration, the 1,700 people who have already returned to their homes are the first as efforts are underway to return more displaced people to their homes, state television Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) reported.

Ethiopia’s Oromia regional state had on Thursday announced the arrest of regional security officers and government officials for failing to discharge their responsibilities during the recent conflict on the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.

Police, in the aftermath of the attack, also disclosed that some 269 individuals were under investigation in connection with the attack on civilians and damage to property.

Authorities also indicated that they have seized various armaments in areas where the deadly ethnic-based attack occurred.

Video footage showing dead bodies and looted houses and properties appeared early Sunday on social media platforms.

On Monday this week, thousands of people took to the streets in Addis Ababa to protest the killing of civilians and property damage, urging the government to take action and protect civilians.

They also called for the provision of swift support from the government to displaced people.

During the protest, five people were shot dead amid confrontations between police and angry demonstrators.

Ethiopia Federal Police Commissioner Zeynu Jemal said there were attempts to loot property under the guise of demonstrations and that some “dangerous vagrants” also tried to snatch weapons from police officers.

The latest incidents followed recent deadly clashes in Addis Ababa between local residents and youth from surrounding areas who came to celebrate the return of a rebel leader from exile.

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Ethiopians arraign 219 before court for suspected involvement in ethnic violence

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- Ethiopian police on Saturday brought before the Ethiopia Federal High Court in Addis Ababa 219 individuals for preliminary hearings on their suspected role in recent ethnic violence that left at least 26 people dead.

The suspects are in custody on suspicion of involvement in various crimes including murder, bodily assault, arson and robbery, reported state affiliated media outlet Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC).

The Federal High Court after hearing preliminary statements from the defendants and police, gave police 14 days to institute detailed charges on the suspects.

Deadly ethnic violence last weekend in Burayu town, near Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, between local ethnic Oromos and other ethnicities left at least 26 people dead and around 4,500 people displaced.

The weekend attack followed recent clashes in Addis Ababa among local residents and youth from surrounding ethnic Oromo areas who flocked to the city to celebrate the return of the exiled rebel leader of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) group that has been fighting insurgency for self-determination of Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, the Oromos.

Addis Ababa is an ethnically-mixed city of around 4 million people, but is situated within the larger Oromo-dominated Oromia regional state.

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World Food Program appeals for funding for 631,000 Ethiopian IDPs

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) said on Friday it needs 12.2 million U.S. dollars to meet the three months needs of 631,000 Internally Displaced People in Ethiopia.

In a press statement, WFP said the funds are needed to meet the October to December 2018 needs of the 631,000 IDPs, which are displaced by communal conflict that occurred along the common boundary of Oromia and Somali regional states.

WFP said the funds are need to meet humanitarian needs of the IDPs until the end of 2018 including emergency shelter, non-food items and nutritional needs.

Heavy clashes along the Oromia-Somali boundary since September 2017 spilled into ethnic violence, which has left scores of people dead and hundreds of thousands displaced from both sides.

Oromia and Somali regional states have been locked in a dispute over the delineation of their common boundary for almost two decades.

A referendum in October 2004 was supposed to demarcate the boundary between the two regional states, but its implementation has been stalled ever since, with both sides accusing each other of non-compliance with the referendum results.

           

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