Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) rebel fighter returned to Ethiopia today, reported FBC.
They were based in Eritrea for many years now waging rebel activities against the government of Ethiopia. The government of Eritrea has ended hostility with Ethiopia after reapproachment policy with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration.
Return of Ogaden rebels to Ethiopia came several weeks after the Somali-ethno nationalist organization reached peace deal with Ethiopian government to end armed struggle and return to Ethiopia for a peaceful struggle.
It was Ethiopia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Workneh Gebeyehu, who led a delegation to Asmara for the peace deal with ONLF and strike a deal with the rebel organization which had been engaged in armed struggle,since the 1980’s, with a goal to secede Ogaden region from the rest of Ethiopia.
Somali regional State reportedly organized an official reception for the rebel fighters when they arrived in Jijiga, seat of the regional government.
The region experienced a considerable security crisis in early August of this year. Thousands of residents were displaced and dozens killed when the region’s Special Forces and youth groups organized by the then president of the region, Abdi Illey who is now in jail, launched an ethnic based attack against non-Somali Ethiopian communities in the region.
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