[dehai-news] (ER) Ethiopia's opposition says thousands of young Ethiopians killed, wounded in Somalia since '06

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From: Biniam Haile \(SWE\) (eritrea.lave@comhem.se)
Date: Sun Jul 31 2005 - 13:50:30 EDT

Ginbot 7 on withdrawal of Meles Zenawi's troops from Somalia
January 4th, 2009 | Categories: Ethiopia
After 2 years of wreaking havoc in Somalia and suffering a humiliating
defeat, the Meles regime in Ethiopia this week is forced to withdraw its
invading army.
Ginbot 7 believes that the invasion of Somalia was unnecessary, and the
result has been devastating for both the people of Somalia and Ethiopia
in terms of losses of lives and scarce resources.
Humanitarian agencies estimate that over 10,000 Somali civilians have
been killed and 2 million were made homeless as a direct result of the
invasion of Somalia by Meles Zenawi's regime. Thousands of young
Ethiopians who were sent to fight the senseless war in Somalia have been
wounded and killed in vain. Hundreds of millions of dollars were spent
in the war that could have been used to feed starving children. In
short, the decision by the Meles dictatorship to invade Somalia had been
extremely harmful to Ethiopia and the whole Horn of Africa region.
Meles Zenawi and all the government officials in Ethiopia who had
planned and executed the Somalia invasion must be held accountable for
not only harming the short and long term interests of Ethiopia in the
region, but equally importantly for committing war crimes, including
torture, rape and mass murder against Somali civilians.
Ginbot 7 is thus demanding the immediate resignation of Meles Zenawi and
his regime. We urge all Ethiopian civic and political groups to come
together and work to bring an end to the TPLF devastating rule that is
the root cause of most of the suffering in Ethiopia today.
Ginbot 7 Movement for Justice Freedom and Democracy


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