[dehai-news] (SMN) Heavy fighting erupted in Ethiopia's Somali region


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From: Biniam Haile \(SWE\) (eritrea.lave@comhem.se)
Date: Sat Nov 01 2008 - 09:33:16 EST


Heavy fighting erupted in Ethiopia's Somali region

Posted: 11/2/2008 10:51:00 AM

Shabelle: SHILABO

Heavy fighting has been taking place in the Somali town of Shilabo in
Somali region of Ethiopia between forces belonging to guerilla fighters
and Ethiopian troops later on Saturday.
 
Residents in the town, say that fighting took place for most of the day.

 
The fighting started when guerilla fighters attacked an Ethiopian tank
entered in Alemoo village of Shilabo.
 
Residents were quoted as saying there had been bullets everywhere and
the fighting had been extremely intense.
 
The battle in Shilabo is the latest in a string of fights that guerilla
groups want to gain Somalia's region in Ethiopia for full independence
from Ethiopia regime
 
Correspondents say independent information on the situation in Shilabo
is difficult because radio contact has been severed.
 
Since the government started devolving power and money to the component
parts of the Ethiopian federation, Somali region has become finally
acquiring the trappings that go with its status.
 
Many of the people in the area are nomads, living by rearing and trading
their animals.
 
Now they dare not move their flocks to get them to market.
 
If other supplies are not getting through, those who do have animals can
at least survive by going back to the traditional nomadic way of life,
living on the meat and milk their herds provide.
 
As ever, it is the poorest who are suffering most, those who have no
animals to support them.

Shabelle Media Network - Source of Somalia News

 


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