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20,000 flee Moyale clashes - Red Cross
over land and water rights have caused clashes between local
communities in the past but really this conflict is TPLF made
Ethnic clashes in southern Ethiopia
are reported to have left at least 18 people dead and 12 others
More than 20,000 people have crossed into
to escape the fighting, the Kenyan Red Cross says.
A spokesman told the BBC that people were continuing to cross the
border although Ethiopian government forces had intervened to stop
The clashes, in the Moyale area, are thought to have been sparked by
a simmering dispute over land rights.
Fighting involving the Borana and Garri communities is said to have
started mid-week, and to have continued until Friday.
Local reports speak of armed militias taking up positions in
outlying villages on Wednesday, with the fighting spreading to
Moyale town, on the Ethiopia-Kenya border, on Thursday.
Many of those who fled across the border into the Kenyan side of
Moyale are having to sleep out in the open.
The Red Cross says it is providing those who have been displaced
with food, water and tarpaulins.