Zenawi gives up on key Somali town – BBC

December 28th, 2007 Print Print Email Email

Ethiopian troops have withdrawn from a key town in central Somalia. (more…)

Ethiopian troops have withdrawn from a key town in central Somalia.

Islamist insurgents say they now control Guriel, where Ethiopia had a big military base to secure the road linking the two countries.

A BBC correspondent in Somalia says it is not clear why the Ethiopian troops withdrew without any fighting.

Guriel was a stronghold of the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC), which lost power to Ethiopian-backed government troops a year ago this week.

The BBC’s Ayanleh Hussein in Guriel says residents have been cheering the Ethiopians’ departure.

During the occupation the local hospital was out of use as it was used as the Ethiopians’ military base, he says.

Meanwhile, unrest continues in the capital, Mogadishu, where most Ethiopian forces in the country have been based since last year’s invasion, which ended the UIC’s six-month rule.

The bodies of four civilians were discovered after battles between insurgents and Ethiopian troops on Thursday around the animal market in the north of the city.

Somalia has been politically fragmented since 1991 and the country’s transitional government, faced with an insurgency, is dependent on international aid and Ethiopian military support.

  1. Ja
    | #1

    Hello guys I don’t know there is roomer that Ethiopian solders want to be out from Somalia. Even Weyane government also wants too but there is division between the Generals. Weyane’s allies generals wants all solders those who are in Somalia has to drop their arm but the other group they don’t want to drop any of their weapons. They prefer to die instead of living or giving up their weapon. That is why they stuck there. The way I heard Weyane him self scared or wants to destroy them their. He said for one week but here as you see it takes almost one year with out result.

  2. | #2

    they r fukin lyers,,,i dont think dey r ethiopian
    meles is ur boss

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