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20,000 flee ethnic clashes in southern Ethiopia

At least 18 people have been killed in the fighting in the south of the country.

Girma Wolde-Giorgis, President of Ethiopia (file photo)
Girma Wolde-Giorgis, President of Ethiopia (file photo)
Image: Harry Cabluck/AP/Press Association Images

TENS OF THOUSANDS of people have fled to Kenya to escape ethnic fighting in southern Ethiopia that has left at least 18 people dead.

Some 20,000 people have now crossed the border in an attempt to find safety, according to the Kenyan Red Cross.

Refugees are continuing to pass into Kenya despite efforts being made by the Ethiopian government to stop the fighting, the BBC reports.

The clashes centre on land ownership rights between members of the Borana and Garri ethnic groups, according toAl Jazeera.

The Red Cross has said several people have been treated for gunshot wounds.

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