ADDIS ABABA — Security forces in Ethiopia’s Oromia regional state have killed a large number of Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) rebel members, the Government Communication Service announced.
In a statement on Saturday, the Minister of State Communications, Legesse Tulu, said an anti-insurgency operation is underway to eliminate the OLA, which the government declared a terrorist group.
Many “members of the militant group have been killed in the operation,” he said, without revealing the exact number of casualties.
The minister said the military campaign is being carried out in the western and eastern parts of Welega, western and eastern Guji, north, east and west of Shoa, as well as in Borona zone bordering Kenya.
An Oromo opposition official, who spoke to The EastAfrican, confirmed that there is an ongoing military operation in parts of Oromia region.
“The Ethiopian army is carrying out drone strikes to conduct targeted killings in many areas,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
“However, several innocent civilians are also victims of the ongoing warfare.”
A few days ago, an Oromo opposition political party, the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), said in a statement that a “secret war” was taking place in the Oromia region and many civilians had been killed as a result.
The party called for an independent international inquiry into the alleged “mass killings”.
OFC said the Ethiopian government security forces are conducting a campaign led by the principle of “drying the sea to catch fish.”
“Killing civilians, burning homes, looting and destroying property; imprisoning and torturing, sometimes killing parents on alleged affiliation of their children with OLA, has become commonplace,” reads an OFC statement seen by The EastAfrican.
“More recently, drone and helicopter strikes have been carried out by government forces in connection with this campaign.”
The party added that “indiscriminate airstrikes” carried out in recent days has resulted in the death of more than 30 civilians and caused severe property damages and displacement of a large population.
OFC alleged that more than 280 civilians have been massacred since April 16 under the ongoing joint military operation.
“Failure to protect innocent civilians is tantamount to failure of the System,” the party said, further calling for an independent international inquiry into the alleged mass killings.
The Ethiopian government has denied the allegations and said the campaign was aimed at curbing killings, displacement and destruction of properties caused by OLA.
A new report by UNOCHA said that violence in western Oromia has displaced half a million civilians, with intensified hostilities leading to the closure of hundreds of schools and health facilities,
“In 2022, partners have come under increased security threats, including two shooting incidents, various harassment, temporary detention, and forceful commandeering of their vehicles,” OCHA said.
“Hundreds of Ethiopian rebels killed by gov’t forces in Oromia”
Oh yeah?!! The rubbish have nothing to do with *ethiopa and TIgrayans*——-they are Abeshas (so-called ethiopia) prostitutes, they are going to be bombed back to Yemen, with Djibouti, the US and French army bases, with the land the evils are currently on, back to Yemen, reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM.
Our Gambella region had long since been taken back to South Sudan long time ago. South Sudan is called Ethiopia by our enemies, We are the Ethiopians, we are ancient Egyptians, we are too way way well ahead of white people, we are 100% racists. Steal other people, without permission is not a good idea. *Abesh (so-called ethiopa) prostitute is ‘a landlocked country’. But the low lives [Abeshas so-called ethiopian] prostitutes are often juxtapose with our our country and our people often, go to Italy (their former colony and other parts of Europe, with, Somalians, Eritreans, Bantuses and then go and and lie through their evil teeth, that they are South Sudanese people. Fellows, we follow us. we are 100% RACISTS,
Abeshas (so-caled ethiopian) prostitutes, of Mr. Meles Zenawi, Hailemariam Desalegn and Mr. Abye Ahmed, former president of South African, Mr. Thabo Mbeki, former former president of South Africa, Mr. Jacob Zuma, former Tanzania president, Mr. Jakaya Kikwete (what damn name)?!! Current president of Rwanda, Mr. Paul Kagame!??
Do you pieces of shits think we will live side by sides these pieces of trashes? Not in the lightest, ‘zimio la umoja’ being peddled about in Kenya, by Mr. Raila Odinga, Uhuru Kenyatta and secret societies who think, we can live sides by sides, with our cloned so-called arab of North Sudan, Abeshas (so-called ethiopian) prostitutes, Bantuses, white Americans, English people, their evil juus (so-called israelis) attack dogs, their gulf Arab states, terrorists, Portuguese, Dutch, Italians, Irish, Indians, Pakistanis, Nepalese, Bangladeshis, Sri Lankans, Rwandans, Nigerians, gays, lesbians or LGBTQs and other pieces of shits, good luck. That is not going to happen under the sun or even even million years.
Trying is not a crime to live sides by sides with the devil worshipers, bloodsucking vampires, secret societies and cabals in Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Democratic republic of Congo (D.R.C), former Zaire, Angola, Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa, Lesotho, eSwani (Swaziland) or Nigerians, fellows, that is not going to happen under the sun or North Sudan, Abeshas (so-called ethiopian) prostitutes, Bantuses, white Americans, English people, their evil juus (so-called israelis) attack dogs, their gulf Arab states, terrorists, Portuguese, Dutch, Italians, Irish, Indians, Pakistanis, Nepalese, Bangladeshis, Sri Linkans, Rwandans, Nigerians, gays, lesbians or LGBTQs?
AFRICAN UNITY and REGIONAL INTEGRATION, UN AGENDA 21 now shifted to UN AGENDA 30, UN AGENDA 50, NEW WORLD ORDER GOVERNMENT, GOVERNMENT WITHOUT BORDERS, GOVERNMENT RUN BY THE UN, GOVERNMENT OF HUMANITARIAN AID, DONATIONS, PEACEKEEPERS and HUMAN RIGHTS,.
Lowly informed South Sudanese, I will ask you this rhetorical question, *can we live sides by sides, with our cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, Abeshas (so-called ethiopian) prostitute Bantuses piece of shits of Democratic republic of Congo (D.R.C), Central Africa Republic, Southern African and west African states, which worship, white people, Arabs, evil juus (so-cad israelis) attack dogs and Indians, Pakistanis, Nepalese, Bangladeshis, Sri Lanka, gays, lesbians or LGBTQ? Not in the slightest>>>>