More Ethiopian Troops Reach Central Somalia

Published on Monday 21st December 2009

Hundreds of Ethiopian troops have reportedly reached at Kalaber intersection about 25 km north of Beledweyne town in central Somalia, witnesses said on Saturday.

Residents say the Ethiopian troops armed with armed vehicles and other military trucks made a base in Kalaber, a strategic junction that connects central and southern regions of Somalia.

The Ethiopian troops left from Ferfer in eastern Ethiopia and crossed the border early on Saturday. Former Somali government officials are following the Ethiopian troops.

The motive behind the arrival of the Ethiopian troops is not known. Ethiopia denies frequently that its troops re-entered Somalia.

The Ethiopian troops pulled out from the country in January 2009 after two years of ill-fated occupation.



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