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More than 710,000 Ethiopians displaced in regional conflict: official

Monday April 16, 2018

Photos: Mulugeta Ayene/Warder Zone, Somali Region/Jan 2017

ADDIS ABABA, April 15 (Xinhua) -- Border conflict along Ethiopia's Oromia and Somali regional states has displaced 710,662 people, a local official said on Sunday.

Speaking to local media, Lemma Megersa, President of Oromia regional state, said the regional government in collaboration with federal authorities is working to rehabilitate displaced people and bring to justice those suspected of being behind the unrest.

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He further said authorities will soon disclose to the public details of rehabilitation program for the displaced and moves to prosecute those suspected of crimes in the conflict along the boundary of the two regional starts.

Heavy clashes along the Oromia-Somali boundary in last September spilled into ethnic violence which left scores of people dead and hundreds of thousands displaced.

Oromia and Somali regional states have been locked in a dispute over the delineation of their common boundary for almost two decades.

A referendum in October 2004 was supposed to demarcate the boundary between the two regional states, but its implementation has been stalled ever since with both sides accusing each other of non-compliance.

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