27 October 2016

Ethiopia: Addis-Ababa Withdraws Troops Over 'Lack of Support'

Photo: Stuart Price/UN
AMISOM Troops Up at Dawn on Mogadishu's Frontline (file photo).

Ethiopia has withdrawn troops from Somalia, where they had been battling Islamist militants. It blames a lack of international support for the move, following the EU's recent cut in its funding for foreign troops in Somalia.

Ethiopia is a major contributor of soldiers to the Amisom, the African Union mission in the country. Ethiopia has recently withdrawn from several other bases, which were quickly occupied by al-Shabab militants.

Officials in Somalia's Bakol region say some residents have already fled the area since the Ethiopian troops left, fearing an imminent of al-Shabab, which is part of al-Qaeda.

Ethiopian Communications Minister Getachew Reda told the BBC that the troops withdrawn from south-western Somalia were not part of Amisom.

"It is a separate batch deployed to provide support for Amisom and Somali armed forces," Mr Getachew said.

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