Ethiopian military kills nine

Ethiopian military has opened an investigation after nine civilians were killed and 12 others injured during an operation against rebels in Moyale border town with Kenya, state media reported on Sunday.

Several soldiers have been suspended over the incident, the military said.

The Ethiopian News Agency said that the soldiers were deployed to the town in the Oromia region to pursue Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) fighters who had crossed into Ethiopia from three locations.

OLF is a secessionist group which the government has branded a terrorist organisation.

Ethiopia has been experiencing anti-government protests since 2016, mostly in the Oromia and Amhara region, where residents say they are being marginalised.

Ethiopia’s parliament voted in February to impose a six-month nationwide state of emergency.

The ruling The Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front is currency enegaging in talks to choose a leader to replace Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who resigned last month.

Mr Hailemariam said he resigned to allow reforms that “would lead to sustainable peace and democracy”.

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  1. As I write this, the number of dead has climbed to 13 and over a dozen wounded. These are unarmed and not protesting at all. Tigray Front has issued a statement that these were killed by “mistake” (it was their mistake then to be killed?) This is the exact phrase used by Derg fascists.
    Ethiopia is fast becoming a slow motion killing field. Every single day 10-15 are killed in different regions by snipers and Special Forces under Tigray Front command. These add up. That is why the ruling party resorts to Internet blackouts and tapping phones and emails. News somehow gets out. The good thing is that world community is finally realizing what is going on behind the facade of “war on terror” by a terrorizing regime. That the much touted “peace and development” presents a harsher reality for the populace – especially children and young women (over 2 million are in the Middle East and thousands more fleeing the country every day).
    Just so we remember, Prime Minister Hailemariam (who never had real power) was pushed out on account of the worsening corruption and repression and as preparation for the state of emergency. The irony is that his deputies and special advisers are still in power. Let me list few names. DebreTsion (deputy pm and in charge of security, telecom, economy, finance, Gerd), Arkebe, Zadig, Berhane, Abay, Seyoum, Sebhat (the latter two without portfolio), Getachew, Seare. Every one of these are Tigray Front members. Don’t take my word for it.
    Two days after Hailemariam was pushed out, the ruling party issued a statement that “this is not military coup!” The urge for the preemption is bizarre. There was no need for a military takeover, as the country is already divided up under “command posts” with tanks and all. Similar to an occupying force!
    Command posts are under direct authority of Tigray Front officers. Every key position in the intelligence, security and defense is held by members of Tigray Front. In comparison to other brutal regimes, Ethiopia’s is easy to identify perpetrators for brutalities on civilians when the case is brought before International Criminal Court. In fact, the United Nations two days ago has asked for a probe and prosecution of culprits.

  2. AKAIK yo’uve got the answer in one!

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