4 July 2009

Somalia: Ethiopian Troops Vacate From Balanbal Town

Balanbal — The Ethiopian troops in Balanbal town in Galgudud region have vacated from their bases in whole the region in central Somalia, witnesses told Shabelle radio on Saturday.

Reports from Balanbal town say that the Ethiopian troops with more armed vehicles moved from all of their bases in the west site of the town early on Saturday morning.

Locals said that the troops left from the west side of the town at the first and made bases in the north where they lastly withdrew from whole the region.

A resident told Shabelle radio that the Ethiopian troops did not conduct any actions or operations against the people in the region during their presence in the town adding that they left peacefully.

Residents in Galgudud region welcomed the move of the Ethiopian troops from Balanbal town saying that they had the fears of the clashes start in the region.

It is unclear whether the Ethiopian troops will return to region once against or not.

The withdrawal of the Ethiopian troops comes as the transitional government asked a military support from the international community and neighboring countries recently.

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