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Ethiopia’s Somali and Afar Conflict Leaves at Least 100 Dead

Border Clashes between Ethiopians Somali and Afar regions have left at least 100 people dead, in a fresh outbreak of violence ahead of the national elections in June.

Deputy police commissioner for the Afar region, Ahmed Humed, said that about 100 civilians, many of them herders, were killed in the clashes which started on Friday and kept going till Tuesday. He said the violence was a result of an attack by Somali regional forces.

The conflict between the regions predates the conflict in the northern Tigray region and highlights security woes facing Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Ali Bedel, a spokesperson for the Somali, region said 25 people were killed on Friday and an unknown number of civilians died in an attack by the same forces on Tuesday.

Speaking for the Afar region, Ahmed Kaloyte told journalists that Somali armed forces raided Haruka, “indiscriminately firing on locals and killing more than 30 Afar civilian pastoralists” and injuring at least 50 more.

Both regions say the other side started the conflict.

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