ONLF claims 70 Ethiopian soldiers killed in recently battles
(Ogadentoday Press)- The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) and the Ethiopian Military along side the Regional Paramilitary Forces known as “Liyuu Police” have clashed in several areas of Ogaden, according to reports.
According to sources in Dhagahbur, Korehay and Fik , the clashes have left a total of seventy Ethiopian soldiers dead, on the other hand dozens of ONLF fighters were killed in the fighting.
A weekly report issued by ONLF commanders in the field said that they have killed hundreds. However this could not be verified. There have been no comment from the Ethiopian government and the regional administration regarding the incident.
Ogadentoday Press has learned that three officers belonging to the Ethiopian troops have been killed while the Ethiopian paramilitary forces confirmed that they have killed an ONLF commander. According to elders in the area, Ethiopian troops have been harassing the civilian population and have ordered them to move from the area.
An independent source has reported that hundreds of civilians have been transferred from those zones and detained in the Jigjiga, the regional capital. Abdi Mohamud Omar, the regional governor, mentioned in a press-conference last week that they are uprooting the ONLF members in the area but elders accused him of targeting the civilian populations in the area.
Several right groups accused the government of Ethiopia committing genocide in the Ogaden region; same even label the region, as “Darfur of Ethiopia”, Ethiopia denies these allegation.
In Ogaden, military leaders have formed paramilitary forces that are fighting alongside the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF). Ethiopian Paramilitary Forces have long accused of human right abuses in Ogaden Region but Ethiopia denies the accusations.
The past few days the region has seen a surge in heavy fighting.
(Source: Ogadentoday Press)