Heavy clashes between ONLF and Ethiopian Troops in Ogaden- Reports

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By Mohamed Faarah
14 November 2013

(Ogadentoday Press)- A heavy fighting between, ONLF, Ogaden National Liberation Front and Ethiopia coalition troops are reported in Ogaden region, eastern Ethiopia.

According to reports that Ogadentoday Press have received, the clashes took place on early this week in the area of Fik Zone in Ogaden Region.

Government has cut of transportation of the area several days.

Locals confirmed Ogadentoday Press the clashes

A source in Fik told Ogadentoday Press that 25 wounded Ethiopian troops have been taken to Jigjiga military hospital.

Many of them are Paramilitary forces named Liyu Police, while some others are Ethiopian military forces deployed in the area recently, the source added.

39 of Ethiopian Troops have been killed while ONLF lost dozens 12, a source close to regional administration told Ogadentoday Press on the phone.

ONLF officials confirmed the clashes but declined to comment on their side loss.

In Ogaden, military leaders have formed paramilitary forces that are fighting alongside with Ethiopian national defense forces (ENDF).

Ethiopian Paramilitary Forces have long accused of human right abuses in Ogaden Region but Ethiopia denies the accusations.

Media and journalist are banned in the Ogaden region and that is why the conflict in Ogaden is not getting international attention.

The past few days the region has seen an increase in heavy fighting.

Since 2005, Ethiopia government isolated Ogaden region from the World, Ethiopia imposed a ban all international aid and media organizations in Ogaden despite some are operating under the permit of intelligence surveillances.

Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) fighting for the self-determination of Ogaden Region in Ethiopia since 1994.
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