OVER 2,000 Ethiopians have sought asylum in Kenya’s Northern border town of Moyale following their displacement in a shootout at the common frontier.
Xinhua reported that the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) has received the said immigrants who are now kept in four centers.
The Ethiopian government forces on Saturday "mistakenly" killed nine civilians near the Kenyan border town of Moyale after mistaking the Ethiopians for members of the banned Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) who were attempting to sneak into the country, reported Daily Nation, Kenya's highest circulation newspaper.
"The KRCS immediately released family kits (tarpaulins, kitchen sets, Mosquito nets, bar soaps, thermal blankets, and jerrycans), which were distributed among the displaced families," the agency said in a statement.
It said the asylum seekers began streaming in on Saturday night, most of whom were women and children.
Kenya's Eastern Region police commander Moses Ombati said yesterday that security has been beefed up in the area with other government agencies being involved in screening the arriving Ethiopians.
"We are on the ground to ensure things are okay," Ombati said, noting that security has been reinforced on the side of Kenya in Moyale town to deal with the arriving refugees.
He said that they were accommodated at local schools with hopes that the situation will calm down.They were provided with food and other services at local centers.
"We hope things can cool down before the situation worsens. Many people have arrived but we have sought help from other agencies to deal with it," said Ombati.
The fleeing civilians said a military unit had been deployed to Moyale to intercept anti-government elements belonging to the OLF.
Those who crossed the border to Kenya told Kenyan security agents that electricity had been cut off in the town, which forced the residents to flee into Kenya in fear of more attacks.