13 killed as communal crisis rages in Ethiopia


Sahle-Work Zewde, Ethiopian president

Sahle-Work Zewde, Ethiopian president

Violence between rival Ethiopian communities near the southern town of Moyale has escalated with eyewitnesses reporting that 13 people were killed on Monday.

Since the beginning of the month there have been sporadic clashes over land.

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