Ethiopia releases six UN staff

The UN says six of its staff have been released in Ethiopia, leaving five in detention.

UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said one dependant was also being detained.

The UN employees were among 16 arrested earlier this month.

On Thursday, the ministry of foreign affairs said that “reports of the detention of UN personnel do not have anything to do with the organisation that they are working for.

“If the police do not have evidence for their arrest, these people will be released from detention.”

There have been widespread arrests in the country following the declaration of a state of emergency.

Authorities have recently denied targeting any specific people during arrests, saying those arrested had contravened emergency laws.

The conflict in the north of the country is ongoing as federal government forces clash with rebels.

There has been international calls for the government and the rebels to end the conflict that has worsened the humanitarian crisis in the region.

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