At the least 61 individuals have been killed in clashes between completely different ethnic teams in Ethiopia’s Oromia area since Thursday, officers stated.

It’s not clear what prompted the newest violence between ethnic Somalis and Oromos.

However it comes after troopers shot lifeless 16 ethnic Oromos at a protest on Tuesday, stories Reuters information company.

Ethiopia’s Oromia and Somali areas share a protracted inner border and prior to now have fought over grazing land.

Oromia authorities’s spokesperson, Adisu Arega, introduced the deaths on his Fb web page.

He stated 29 ethnic Oromos have been killed between 14 and 17 December and 32 ethnic Somali Ethiopians have been killed in revenge assaults.

He added that the clashes occurred within the area’s Hawi Gudina and Daro Lebu districts.

Oromia and Somali are, respectively, the 2 largest areas within the nation by space measurement. Oromos are Ethiopia’s greatest ethnic group – making up a couple of third of Ethiopia’s inhabitants whereas Ethiopian Somalis make up simply 6% of the inhabitants.

Traditionally, the connection between Somalis and Oromos has been characterised by territorial competitors which regularly results in disputes over assets, together with wells and grazing land.

These conflicts could cause the displacement of tens of 1000’s of individuals.

In 2004, a referendum to determine on the destiny of greater than 420 kebeles – the nation’s smallest administrative unit – gave 80% of them to Oromia.

Following the end result, tens of 1000’s of ethnic Somalis reportedly fled the areas for concern of repercussions.

The choice has nonetheless not been applied and that is one issue behind the present battle.