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At least 13 killed and over 100 wounded in fresh ethnic violence in Moyale

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December 13,2018

At least 13 are killed and over 100 killed in what seem to be fresh violence in Moyale, Ethiopia’s border town in the South, according to a report today by state media, Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation. And the source has cited statement from Oromia regional state communication office.

Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC), state affiliated media outlet, reported similar figure of deaths and wounds in connection with Moyale town violence, citing Oromia Regional State Communication Office too. However, it indicated that reported number of victims is based on information at the time it was reported, which means that number of deaths could rise.

Residents of many towns in the region (Borena zone of Oromoia regional state) are taking to the street for peaceful demonstrations to demand the government to take immediate action to stop the violence in the region.

The regional state on its part says, according to a statement issued after latest development in Moyale, it has started to take measures to fundamentally deal with security challenges in the region. Also, it says that it is working to provide victims of the violence with emergency aid including food.

The reports, however, left the story murky when it comes to the causes of the violence and the parties involved in the violence.

Social Media reports, however, claim that the violence in Moyale town was ethnic in nature and that it involved Oromo and Somalis communities.

Unverified video footage released on social media this afternoon shows an ethnic Oromo militia seemingly being treated roughly by Somali speaking crowd.

Oromo region of Ethiopia has been facing recurrent security problems in the past few months. A few weeks ago, dozens of civilians and Oromia regional state police were killed in Wollege region, close to Benishangul regional state area. And National Security Council, a Federal institution, had to deploy members of the defense force to bring the situation under control.

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