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Clashes Between Ethiopian States Kill 27 Amid Border Dispute

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At least 27 persons have been killed in clashes between two Ethiopian states that have long border disputes.

A government statement says the 27 were killed when they were caught in conflicts along the borders of Somali and afar, as the country faces surging ethnic violence.

A spokesman for the Somali region, Ali Bedel, confirmed the killings and blamed militants in afar.

This is not the first time militias from the two eastern states have clashed over disputed boundaries.

In 2014, the federal government redrew the boundary between the two states and transferred three small towns to afar that Somali has since wanted back.

A political analyst based in Addis Ababa, Mohamed Olad, told the media, “the transfer of three Somali towns…to afar regional administration in 2014 without any legal procedure lies at the heart of these recurring tragic and senseless killings.

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Tigray’s Humanitarian Crisis Deteriorate

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The United Nation’s High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR’s representative in Ethiopia, Ann Encontre says humanitarian situation in northern Ethiopia’s Tigray regional state has deteriorated rapidly since the armed conflict broke out in the state earlier this month.

In an online interview, Encontre said with the deterioration of the humanitarian situation, Tigray’s humanitarian aid operations are in trouble.

Encontre pointed out also that the armed conflict has stopped the locals from focusing on the COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control which has become another crisis for the state.

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Uganda, South Sudan Forces Meet Over Border Clashes

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South Sudan and Uganda border authorities have met in the northern Ugandan City of Gulu to harmonize border security dispute between the two countries.

South Sudan chief of general staff, General Johnson Okot, who met with Uganda deputy chief of defense forces, Lieutenant-General Wilson Mbasu Mbadi, called on the armies of the two countries to generate a memorandum of understanding in order to advance their pan African interests.

Tensions had been brewing along the border areas of Ngomoro in Lamwo district, and parts of Kitgum and Karamoja region.

An 18-member African Union group set up in 2016 for the delimitation and demarcation of the Uganda-South Sudan border has been unable to do its work because of fighting between groups loyal to South Sudan president Salva Kiir and his vice president Riek Machar.

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Uganda Deploys More Soldiers Amid Protests

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Uganda military has increased deployment of soldiers in the nation`s capital, Kampala, and other major towns to counter protests that broke out following the arrest of presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine.

Early weeks of campaigning have been marked by violence ahead of the country`s January election.

At least 28 persons have been killed across the country during violent protests, live bullets and teargas were fired in Kampala on Thursday, to disperse demonstrators. The police say more than 500 persons have been arrested.

Deputy army spokesperson, Colonel Deo Akiiki says more soldiers will be deployed at all major roads leading into the capital and increased security at sensitive areas such as fuel reservoirs and petrol stations.

A curfew is being enforced with immediate effect. Since Wednesday, groups of young people have set up barricades, burnt tyres and piles of rubbish in the streets of Kampala and other towns. They were met with a violent police response and dispersed with tear gas.

Bobi Wine was arrested at an election rally in the east of the country and accused of violating coronavirus prevention guidelines. He has been arraigned in court after two days in police custody. Several opposition presidential candidates suspended their campaigns, calling for Bobi Wine’s release.

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