Border clashes between Ethiopia’s Afar and Somali regions have killed at least 100 people, in the latest outbreak of violence ahead of national elections in June.
The Deputy Police Commissioner for the Afar Region, Ahmed Humed said about 100 civilians, many of whom are Herders, have been killed since clashes broke out on Friday, April 2, 2021, and continued through to Tuesday, April 6, 2021.
He however blamed the violence on an attack by Somali Regional Forces.
The bloodshed in the territory claimed by the Somali and Afar Regions highlights security woes facing Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed that extend well beyond the on-going conflict farther north in Tigray.
Clashes along the border predate the six-month-old conflict in the North that has pitted the Government against the former ruling party in the Tigray Region.