Ethiopian Government forces kill 32 civilians in Moyale town of Oromia Region
Following the killing of at least 13 civilians by the so called Command Post in Moyale, Oromia Regional State of Ethiopia today, activists have announced that they are calling for fuel blockade and protests across Ethiopia.
Several Ethiopian activists and media sources including VoA Amharic have reported that government securities have killed at least 13 people in the Moayle and wounded several civilians. Local residents have started fleeing to bordering Kenya following the massacre, the media outlets have reported. The reports stated “the Command Post ordered local police to leave the town saying that they want to clear OLF rebels who entered the town recently and executed unarmed civilians .”
The activists have said that in response to the killings and renewing their call to the government to change the State of Emergency (SoE) and sit down with all oppsotion forces, they are launching fuel protest which blocks fuel transport into Ethiopia. This will cause widespread disruption fuel/petroleum products.
(atenaw) —Ethiopia imports fuel via Sudan and Djibouti. Therefore, it is expected that the Ethiopian regional towns that border these countries in the North West, Amhara region and Eastern Ethiopia, Oromia regions are possibly participating the fuel protest.
Details were not given how the protests were going to be implemented.
Ethiopian security forces on Saturday killed nearly a dozen people and wounded many others in Moyale, Borena Zone Oromia Region #Ethiopia pic.twitter.com/1bqWjPxk2P
— Ethiopia Live Updates (@Ethiopialiveupd) March 10, 2018
The Ethiopian economy has recently been struggling recently following Forex Crunch and the effects of political instability, which has led to the stopping of some mega construction projects. Many government ministers are struggling to pay salaries to their employees, sources indicated. The current fuel blockade adds fuel into the fire of the collapsing economy. Ethiopian-Saudi tycoon, Mohammod Ali Al Amoudi, who often bailed out the government during such times, is in Saudi jail accused of corruption.
Ethiopia military unit ‘mistakenly’ kills nine in Moyale, residents flee into Kenya
Daniel Berhane wrote on Facebook that the Command Post administering the February 16 state of emergency said a military unit had been deployed to Moyale to intercept anti-government elements belonging to the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF).
“According to the Command Post, a military unit was dispatched to Moyale area to intercept an OLF unit sneaking into the country. In the course of the operation, some soldiers, misled by erroneous information, have killed nine civilians and wounded twelve,” he said.
He added that the said soldiers had since been disarmed and put in custody pending investigation into the matter.
Activists are, however, giving a different account of events in Moyale. A known online activist based in the United States Jawar Mohammed says the casualty figures are over a dozen with scores injured.
He also says electricity has been cut off from the town and that residents have been fleeing into Kenya. The deaths and casualties have also been corroborated by hospitals treating the injured and where the corpses were deposited.
After massacring over 13 people, the regime has cut off electricity to Moyale town. They might be planning further atrocity.
— Jawar Mohammed (@Jawar_Mohammed) March 10, 2018
Another activist, Mohammed Ademo, cited mayor of Moyale via the Oromia regional state’s outlet OBN as confirming the incident. “Moyale town mayor Aschalew Yohannes told OBN authorities are investigating what caused the fresh bout of violence. Moyale Hospital director also confirmed all the casualties came with gunshot wounds and five of the 10 critically injured victims were referred to Hawasa Hospital,” he said in a tweet.
The country is currently under a state of emergency supposedly imposed to quell spreading insecurity after the resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. The ruling EPRDF starts a congress tomorrow with a key outcome being to pick his successor.
Ethiopia army’s deadly clashes with civilians: 2016 – 2018 – africanews https://t.co/EwV9FopBE2
— Ethiopian News (@ethiopican) January 25, 2018