Addis Ababa August 10/2017 The government of Ethiopia has denied reports by the U.S. Embassy regarding fighting between cities of Babile and Harar, Eastern part Ethiopia.
The Minister Negeri Lencho told ENA that there is no fighting and closed road in the area.
The Minister noted that there were sporadic clashes between residents in areas bordering Oromia and Ethiopian Somali regional states, but not now.
To peacefully resolve clashes in the bordering areas, the regional governments of the states had signed an agreement to demarcate the border between the states, Negeri recalled.
Demarcating the border between the two states is being undertaken by experts drawn from the regional states and the federal government, pursuant to the agreement, Negeri said.
Saying that there was a misunderstanding between the experts who were engaged in the process and local residents, the group has stopped the work.
In its travel warning message, the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia said that it is aware of reports that “the main road from Addis Ababa to Jijiga has been blocked by security forces between the cities of Babile and Harar due to intense fighting including gunfire. Ethiopian Defense Force troops are arriving in the area, and the road is not passable.”
The Embassy has also recommended that U.S. citizens to avoid travel between Babile and Harar at this time.