UN humanitarian chief John Holmes said on Nov. 28 there was international anxiety at a possible humanitarian crisis and accusations of rights abuses in Ethiopia’s Ogaden region. Holmes went to the remote eastern region on Nov. 27, the most high profile visit since Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) rebels killed 74 people in an attack on an oil field in April, provoking a government offensive. Both sides say they have killed hundreds of the others’ fighters since then, and aid agencies say people in the region are suffering severe food and medical needs. (Reuters)

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