Ogaden News Agency (ONA) – Heavy fighting between ONLA and Ethiopian regime soldiers Near Birqot district of degahbur.
Contingents from Ethiopian regime soldiers and Associated mercenary Liyu Police militia attacked Ogaden National Liberation Army Units near Leedilay area, Birqot district of Degahbur region on the 9 the of April. Residents fleeing the battle area who were interviewed ONA reporter in Birqot reported seeing the dead bodies of 17 army soldiers and three high-ranking officers. In addition, the locals reported seeing around 21 wounded soldiers being airlifted to Jigjiga Hospital. ONA reporters in Jigjiga also confirmed the arrival of wounded soldiers in Jigjiga Hospital.
The Locals say that ONLA units were distributing medicine in the area to cholera victims when the Army attacked them. No ONLA casualties were seen.
ONLA fighters left the area, and army reinforcements from Qabridehar and Degahbur are now harassing and detaining the already sick and hungry civilians who are unable to leave the area.
ONA reporters in Birqot and Jigjiga