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(AfriocaNews) Ethiopia says no 'intense fighting' in the east, U.S. confirms key road reopened

Posted by: Biniam Tekle

Date: Saturday, 12 August 2017

http://www.africanews.com/2017/08/11/ethiopia-says-no-intense-fighting-in-the-east-only-sporadic-clashes/

Ethiopia says no 'intense fighting' in the east, U.S. confirms key road reopened

2017/08/11

The Ethiopian government has responded to a report on Thursday evening
that there was intense fighting in the country’s east.

The Minister of Information, Negeri Lencho, is quoted as saying there
was no fighting and closed roads as had been contained in a United
States travel alert.

The August 10, 2017 alert read in parts, “The U.S. Embassy is aware of
reports that the main road from Addis Ababa to Jijiga has been blocked
by security forces between the cities of Babile and Harar due to
intense fighting including gunfire.”

The U.S. Embassy is aware of reports that the main road from Addis
Ababa to Jijiga has been blocked by security forces between the cities
of Babile and Harar due to intense fighting including gunfire.

It added that even though Ethiopian Defense Force troops were arriving
in the area, the road in question was not passable.

According to reports, the clashes – as the government claims – was
between Oromos and Somalis over border delineation issues.


U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa confirms opening of main road.

“The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the main road from Addis
Ababa to Jijiga between the cities of Babile and Harar is clear and
open,” the embassy said in a new security message almost 24-hours
after issuing the initial one.

The US, however, remains one of the few countries that have maintained
their travel advisory for Ethiopia despite the lifting of a 10-month
state of emergency imposed last October.

The U.S. State Department on December 6, 2016 warned its citizens “of
the risks of travel to Ethiopia due to the potential for civil unrest
related to sporadic and unpredictable anti-government protests that
began in November 2015.” It also spoke about how curfew rules had
hampered its activities.

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