Ethiopia’s health officials say at least 10 persons have died during clashes between protesters and security forces in the country’s southern region on Monday.
The protests were sparked by Sunday’s arrest of local officials and activists seeking a new autonomous region for their Wolaita ethnic group.
Spokesman for the opposition party Wolaita national movement party- Matheos Balcha says one of their party members was arrested.
Security forces shot dead protesters in Boditi on Monday, a town 295 km southwest of the capital Addis Ababa. A 14-year-old boy was reported to be among the dead. Opposition spokesperson says 34 persons were injured.
Prime minister Abiy Ahmed, who came to power in 2018, and introduced democratic reforms, has struggled to appeal to ethnic nationalism.
Ethiopia Regional Officials Sacked After Violence
Ethiopian authorities have sacked at least 40 regional government officials in the nation’s western state of Benishangul-Gumuz following a wave of ethnic-related violence.
Five districts in the state have been put under military control to contain the violence that left dozens dead and hundreds displaced last week. The perpetrators have not been identified.
Amhara state authorities have accused officials in Benishangul-Gumuz of not doing enough to prevent the violence.
The government-linked Ethiopian human rights commission said it was deeply alarmed by the violence, which targeted civilians. Most of the victims in the attacks were said to be from the Amhara and Agew ethnic groups.
The ruling Prosperity Party (PP) said, ten of the officials are now under investigation.
There is concern about the increasing ethnic-related violence in Ethiopia. It is seen as one of the most pressing challenges for prime minister and Nobel Peace prize winner Abiy Ahmed.
At least 15 persons, including four women, were killed, in a pre-dawn attack on Friday. Attacks earlier in the month also left 30 persons dead. Activists say the number could be as high as 80.
Sudan Refuses Associating Removal From U.S. Terrorism List With Israel Ties
Sudan prime minister Abdalla Hamdok says Sudan does not want to link its removal from a U.S. terrorism list with a normalization of relations with Israel. Being on the terrorism list has hindered the Sudan’s access to foreign funding for its economy.
The Sudan was put on the U.S. list in 1993 because the united states believed former president Bashir’s government was supporting militant groups. Bashir was removed last year and Sudan has long cooperated with the united states on counter-terrorism. Many in the Sudan believe the country should be removed from the list.
Sources said this week U.S. officials have indicated in talks with a Sudanese delegation they wanted Khartoum to follow the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain and open ties with Israel.
But prime minister Abdalla Hamdok said sSudan had told U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a visit last month it was necessary to separate the issues.
During a video statement to the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday, Hamdok said the Sudan was actively cooperating with international and bilateral efforts to fight terrorism and terrorism financing.
Kenya Extends COVID-19 Curfew For Two Months But Reduces Hours
Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta has extended the nationwide curfew put in place to curb the spread of the new coronavirus but it would now end two hours later at 11pm.
Kenyatta, also lifted a ban on the sale of alcohol in restaurants and bars, saying the COVID-19 infections curve had been flattened.
Since the country recorded its first case of coronavirus in March, more than 38,000 persons have been infected with the virus with 691 fatalities reported so far.
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