Ethiopians woke on Monday to news from the regional government in Oromiya that last week’s bloody ethnic clashes had killed 11 people.
Reuters reported on Sunday that these were the latest deaths in the province which had been wracked by violence in 2015 and 2016. The deaths were proceeded by protests which subsequently led to clashes between ethnic Oromos and Amharas in two districts of west Oromiya.
Attacks on businesses, many of them foreign-owned, including farms growing flowers for export were reported.
Last year approximately 700 people died in Ethiopia’s largest region, and other areas, according to a parliament mandated investigation.
That violence was reported to be provoked by a development scheme for the capital, Addis Ababa that dissidents said amounted to land grabs, as well as anti-government demonstrations over politics and human rights abuses.
A nine-month state of emergency was imposed on the country, following the unrest, and eventually lifted in August this year.
However, despite the lifting of the state of emergency, sporadic violence has continued to plague Oromiya. Hundreds of thousands of people have also been displaced in separate clashes on Ethiopia’s border with Somalia.
The volatile border area has seen sporadic unrest for decades despite a 2004 referendum to determine the status of disputed settlements.
- African News Agency (ANA)