Rebel Group Accuses Ethiopian Govt of Attacks Despite Peace Talks

Preliminary talks between the rebel Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) and the government took place earlier this month in Tanzania, with no agreement reached. Rebels in Oromia region have accused federal troops of launching attacks, despite an agreement stemming from Tanzania peace talks to de-escalate the conflict. OLA spokesperson Odaa Tarbii said the attacks contradicted the understandings that the two parties reached

The rebel group said federal groups attacked several points in the Oromia region, specifically West and East Wellega, East and West Shoa, Arsi, Borana, Harerghe and Horo Guduru. It said troops burned homes, robbed people, confiscated mobile phones and committed acts of sexual violence, among other crimes.

Fighting between the OLA and federal troops has gone on for four years and displaced thousands from their homes


Women fill their containers at a water collection point in the Oromia region of Ethiopia (file photo).

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