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14 Jul 2018 | 02:08 PM UTC

Ethiopia: 800,000 people displaced since June due to violence

Ethiopia News Alert

Ethnic clashes in Oromia and SNNPR states displace over 800,000 people in June; further violence likely

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/10/2018, 12:00 AM until 7/14/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Addis_Ababa). COUNTRY/REGION Oromia, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples region

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Event

According to a UN and Ethiopian government report released on July 4, the wave of violent clashes in Oromia and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region (SNNPR) states has displaced over 800,000 people in the last month. The total number of displaced people from the ethnic conflict is estimated to exceed 1,200,000 since the violence began in April.

Context

SNNPR state has experienced several violent incidents in recent weeks. In inter-ethnic clashes on June 16 and 17, at least 15 people were killed and another 89 wounded. On June 9, a grenade attack wounded at least nine people at Dilla University (Gedeo area).

The Moyale area (Oromia state) has experienced several violent incidents in recent months. On April 17, a grenade exploded inside a bus station, killing at least three people and injuring 60 others. During demonstrations on March 11, soldiers reportedly killed nine civilians and wounded 12 others after mistaking them for rebels.

Advice

Individuals present in Ethiopia are advised to monitor development to the situation and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities or their home government.

 

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