Renewed clashes between Somali and Afar armed forces erupt in Ethiopia’s Sitti region

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Heavy fighting erupted between rival armed forces from the Somali and Afar ethnic groups in villages located in the western Sitti region of the Somali regional state in Ethiopia.

The clashes began in Dhunyar and other villages and have been ongoing for the last two days. Several casualties have been reported but cannot be independently verified.

There have been no official statements from the Somali and Afar administrations about the renewed fighting in the western Sitti region, and the motive behind the resurgence of the conflict remains unclear.

The conflict between the Somali and Afar people living in Ethiopia has not yet been resolved. The latest fighting between the two ethnic groups erupted in Asbuli town, located in the Sitti region, last March.