A regional official said today in the latest violent incident before the June national election that at least 100 people were killed in the border conflict between Somalia and the Ethiopian region of Afar.
Since the conflict broke out last Friday, about a hundred civilians have been killed, and it continues this week.
He accused Afar and its security forces in southern Somalia of violence.
Somali spokesman Ali Bedel said that 25 people were killed on Friday and that “countless civilians” were killed in subsequent attacks by the same troops. The two sides denied that they had started a conflict and blamed each other.
The conflict on the border between these two regions lasted six months longer than the northern conflict, in which federal forces opposed the ruling party in the province of Grey.
As the government of Prime Minister Abiya Ahmed (Abiya Ahmed) tried to establish control over Tigray, the violence has intensified, which shows that the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize winners have difficulties in maintaining the unity of the country.
The upcoming elections are seen as a test of Ethiopia’s fragile unity, which is currently threatened by new regional and ethnic conflicts.