From: Biniam Haile \(SWE\) (email@example.com)
Date: Sun Jul 26 2009 - 17:50:42 EDT
'Ethiopia troops return' to key road in central Somalia
25 Jul 25, 2009 - 9:19:59 AM
BELETWEIN, Somalia July 25 (Garowe Online) - A heavily armed convoy of
Ethiopian troops has returned to a key road in central Somalia, Radio
Witnesses and local sources reported that the Ethiopian army convoy
crossed the common border and arrived at Kala-Beyr junction in the
central Hiran region on Saturday morning.
Kala-Beyr is a strategic crossroads that connects the central regions
and the northern of Somalia and provides access to the Somali-inhabited
region of eastern Ethiopia.
Ethiopian troops had withdrawn from Kala-Beyr junction earlier this
month and it was not immediately clear whey the troops returned.
But their return comes at a time when two consecutive days of fighting
among Islamist militias in parts of Hiran and Galgadud regions killed at
least 31 people, according to local sources.
Al Shabaab hardliners and the pro-government Sufi militia, Ahlu Sunnah
Wal Jamee'a, have been fighting for control of districts in the central
regions since late 2008.
Source: Garowe Online
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