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2016 in Ethiopia


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Timeline of Ethiopian history

The following lists events that happened during 2016 in Ethiopia.





  • June 13 - Ethiopia and Eritrea argue over who caused a recent border clash between the two nations.[3]


  • August 5 - Student protests erupt in Addis Ababa and quickly spread across the country.
  • August 8 - Over 50 protesters are killed by security forces over the past few days. Internet and journalist access is also restricted by the government.[4]


  • September 5 - 23 prisoners are killed in a fire and stampede at the Kaliti Prison near the capital of Addis Ababa during an attempted prison break.[5]


  • October 2 - Police allegedly attack Oromo protesters at a religious festival in Bishoftu, causing a stampede that killed 52 people.[6]
  • October 5 - The railway line with Djibouti opens.[7] However, an American women is killed during protests.[8]
  • October 9 - A state of emergency is declared following months of protests against the government.[9]
  • October 10 - Ethiopia blames Egypt and Eritrea for the recent unrest in the country.[10]
  • October 20 - A government minister reveals that over 1600 people have been detained following the state of emergency.[11]


  • November 24 - 20 aircraft pilots are detained in Ethiopia's Gambela region after "illegally" arriving from Sudan.[12]


  • December 1 - After arriving back from a trip to Europe, Merera Gudina, an opposition leader, is detained for allegedly violating the state of emergency.[13]


  1. ^ "Deadly floods hit Ethiopia".
  2. ^ "Ethiopia: Armed men 'kill 140' near South Sudan border". BBC News. 16 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Ethiopia and Eritrea blame each other for border clash". BBC News. 13 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Dozens killed in Ethiopia protest crackdown".
  5. ^ "Ethiopia fire kills 23 at prison 'holding Oromo protesters'". BBC News. 5 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Oromia: Stampede at Ethiopia protest leaves 52 dead". BBC News. 2 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Ethiopia-Djibouti electric railway line opens". BBC News. 5 October 2016.
  8. ^ "US woman dies in Ethiopia van attack". BBC News. 5 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Ethiopia declares state of emergency amid protests". BBC News. 9 October 2016.
  10. ^ "Ethiopia blames Egypt and Eritrea over unrest". BBC News. 10 October 2016.
  11. ^ "Ethiopia 'detains 1,600' under state of emergency". BBC News. 20 October 2016.
  12. ^ "Ethiopia detains vintage air rally pilots". BBC News. 24 November 2016.
  13. ^ "Ethiopia's Merera Gudina detained after trip to Europe". BBC News. December 2016.
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