April 16, 2024

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Alarming Developments on the Oromia-Amhara Border

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This blog will delve into recent alarming developments on the Oromia-Amhara border, examining clashes between the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) and security forces. Let’s unravel the details.

Unfolding Conflict on the Oromia-Amhara Border

Alarming reports emerge as the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) clashes with security forces along the Oromia-Amhara border. Heavy fighting erupted between the two sides in the North Shewa Zone of the Oromia region. Reportedly, Ola tried to take control of Ejere town, which is not far from the Oromia-Amhara border. Some civilians were caught in the crossfire, and casualties were reported. The ongoing clashes between OLA and government forces could be linked to the return of IDPs from Amhara to Oromia.

The Ongoing Oromia-Amhara Border Dynamics

Continued updates detail the organization of Fano groups on the Amhara side conducting attacks in Oromia’s North Shewa Zone. Both Fano and OLA want to advance towards Addis Ababa. Simultaneously, concerns arise about preventing the arming and organization of local Amharas in Oromia, sparking heavy clashes between the OLA and government forces.

IDP Returns and Ethnic Tensions

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Wollega have been entering the Amhara region for years and face opposition upon their return to Oromia. Moreover, the OLA opposes this move, fearing the organization and arming of Amhara groups in the area. The potential for confrontations between the OLA and Amhara forces raises ethnic tensions, underscoring the need for regional forces on the border.