18 July 2009

Somalia: Ethiopian Troops Vacate in Yed Village in Southern Somalia

Yeed — The Ethiopian troops in Yed village in Bakol region have vacated from there in southern Somalia, witnesses told Shabelle radio on Saturday.

Residents said that more Ethiopian troops with many battle wagons in Yed village which borders with Ethiopia had completely left their base there in Bakol region in the south of the country.

Locals told reporters that the Ethiopian troops were in parts of the region for several months supporting the transitional government officials who were chased from Bay and Bakol and moved to the side of Barey in the Somali region in Ethiopia.

Reports say that the Ethiopian troops used to support the transitional government officials in Basy and Bakol administrations earlier saying that their withdrawal came as the traditional elders of Bakol region ordered the Ethiopians to the leave from the village quickly.

Sources said that there was a dispute between the elders and The Ethiopian troops in the area as the Ethiopian troops caught a young Somali boy over the past few days accusing that that he was creating an insecurity situation in Yed village, a base for the Ethiopian troops and the defeated government administration.

But Reports say that the Somali teenager was release by the Ethiopian troops before their vacation from their base in the region and it is unclear whether the Ethiopian troops left completely or will return back to the region.

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