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Ethiopia withdrew from El Ali to maintain the security of Beledweyne, Somalia : Minister

By Tajuddin
Oct 13th, 2016

Djibouti and Ethiopian troops in Beledweyne, the capital of Hiran region in central Somalia

Djibouti and Ethiopian troops in Beledweyne, the capital of Hiran region in central Somalia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia ( DIPLOMAT.SO) – The Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has said that its forces had withdrawn from some small towns in Hiiraan region to maintain the security of the provincial capital, which will host the election of federal MP’s.

The withdrawal of Ethiopian troops from the towns of Moqokori and El Ali has raised the ire of the Somali government and AMISOM senior commanders.

Hiiraan clan elders said that Ethiopia handed over two towns into the hands of militants to kill innocent civilians.

Al Shabaab Militias beheaded five people in El Ali locality on charges of dealing with the Ethiopian forces.

According to security sources, Ethiopia withdrew its troops from Moqokori and El Ali without warning and without any reporting to the Somali government and AMISOM.

According to the Ethiopian News Agency, Getachew Reda, Ethiopia’s communication minister said “there will be rotation of forces and that is going to be expected. But we have not yet been restrained from meeting our responsibility towards our brothers and sisters in the region”.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia Taye Atskesilassie said that some contingent had to move from El-Ali to Beledweyne positioning themselves to protect the electoral process which will be held in Somalia soon.

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