20,000 Refugees Flee Ethiopia Clashes

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on July 30 2012 1:30 PM

Around 20,000 refugees have fled to Kenya since ethnic violence erupted in southern Ethiopia on Thursday, most requiring "urgent humanitarian support," the Kenya Red Cross Society told Reuters. The refugees settled in the Kenyan town of Moyale, where they separated themselves by ethnicity.

The Ethiopian government says that the dispute between the Borana and Garri tribes is now under control, and refugees were scheduled to start returning home on Monday. At least 18 people were killed and 12 injured when a land dispute between the two tribes escalated into violent clashed.

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