16 November 2009

Somalia: Ethiopian Troops Vacate From Kala-Beyrka in Hiran in Hiran Region

Somalia — More Ethiopian troops with heavily armed vehicles have vacated from the Kala-beyrka intersection in Hiran region, officials and witnesses told Shabelle radio on Monday.

Reports from Beledweyn, the central town of Hiran region say that the Ethiopian troops left their main bases in the region which was in Kala-bayrka intersection in central Somalia and the troops reportedly took more Lorries of the Somali people.

Residents confirmed Shabelle radio that the Ethiopian troops completely vacated from their military bases in Kala-beyrka intersection adding that the Ethiopian troops took more vehicles of the Somalis by loading military supply of their troops who were in the region recenlty.

"The Ethiopian troops left to the side of the Somali region under the control of Ethiopia. They headed to Fer-Fer town," said a resident woman in Jawil village.

Mohamed Nor Aga-jof, the spokesman of the transitional government troops in Hiran region told Shabelle radio that there were no Ethiopian troops who were there recently pointing out that those who were in area were the TFG soldiers disproving the reports saying that Ethiopian troops left there.

It is unclear the main reason that the Ethiopian troops left from Kala-beyka intersection in Hiran region as they were about 5 months in the region in central Somalia and it is unclear whether they return back to the region or not.

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