Armed security officers patrol the street during a clash between a Sidama youth and security officers after they declared their own region in Hawassa, Ethiopia July 18, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
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At least 18 people were killed in southern Ethiopia in days of clashes between soldiers and protesters agitating for the creation of a breakaway state, hospital officials said Monday.Hospital officials in Hawassa, the regional capital, confirmed last Friday that four people were killed in protests there.A hospital official in Woreta Rassa, located about 30 kilometres outside Hawassa, said Monday that 12 people had died after being shot by soldiers late last week.In Yirgalem, around 40 kilometres south of Hawassa, two people died out of 10 who were admitted to the local hospital, said Gudura Funte, the hospital's CEO.The numbers provided Monday by hospital officials are likely incomplete, as violence was also reported in other areas.
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