Ethiopian regime says hundreds killed, thousands displaced in ethnic clashes

Negeri Lencho

ESAT News (September 27, 2017)

Ethiopian regime officials confirmed reports of the killing of hundreds of people in ethnic clashes in the Eastern parts of the country while close observers of the crises blame security forces of the regime for having a hand in the death and displacement of ethnic Oromos and Somalis.

Spokesperson of the regime Negeri Lencho told reporters in Addis Ababa that hundreds of Oromos were killed but said he did not have a number as to how many Somalis were killed.

“We can say hundreds of the Oromo ethnicity were killed. There were also deaths from the Somali side, we don’t know exactly how many,” Negeri said at a press conference.

The spokesperson also said Somaliland, the self declared autonomous region in Somalia, has evicted over three thousand ethnic Oromos.

An estimated 70,000 ethnic Somalis and Oromos have been displaced in the last two weeks of violence that was sparked by a dispute over control of land and resources along the area bordering the two ethnic groups.