Ethiopians Flee to Kenya after Botched Military Operation 

Thousands of Ethiopians fled to Kenya this week after the Ethiopian military said it mistakenly killed nine civilians in a botched operation near the border.

The Kenya Red Cross Society said about 5,000 members of Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group — the Oromo — fled the market town to neighbouring Kenya.

The exodus began Saturday after the government said its forces mistook the civilians in Moyale for members of the banned Oromo Liberation Front.

Nine people died and 12 others sustained injuries. “There have been gunshots, there are killings,” Halkano Halake, the spokesman for the governor of Marsabit County in Kenya, told Bloomberg.

Refugees “are spread in schools, churches, mosques, private residences and three camps.”