Welwel, Ethiopia

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Welwel (also transliterated Walwal; Italian Ual-Ual), is a town in eastern Ethiopia known as the Ogaden. Located in the Werder Zone of the Somali Region, this town has a longitude and latitude of Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. with an elevation of 570 meters above sea level. The Central Statistical Agency has not published an estimate for its 2005 population.

Welwel was the oasis in Ethiopia where a border clash occurred in 1934 between the Kingdom of Italy and Ethiopian Empire. Benito Mussolini used this incident as a pretext to invade Ethiopia, which led to the Second Italo-Abyssinian War.

Records at the Nordic Africa Institute website provide details of a test oil well drilled at Welwel by Sinclair Oil in 1955, and about Fitawrari Wolde Amanuel primary school in Welwel during the year 1968.[1]


  1. "Local History in Ethiopia" (pdf) The Nordic Africa Institute website (accessed 14 August 2008)

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