UN halts food handout in Ethiopia region after ambush

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  • Government, ONLF rebels blame each other

  • Somali Region ravaged by drought, facing food crisis

By Aaron Maasho

ADDIS ABABA, May 18 (Reuters) - The United Nations has suspended food distribution in Ethiopia's drought-stricken Somali Region after gunmen killed one UN worker and injured another in an ambush on a U.N. convoy last week.

The ethnic Somali province, more commonly known as the Ogaden, is home to a low-key insurgency led by the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), which has fought for independence since 1984.

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