From: Berhane Habtemariam (Berhane.Habtemariam@gmx.de)
Date: Wed Nov 05 2008 - 07:47:10 EST
Somali Sheikh urges Ethiopia to pull out
Wed, 05 Nov 2008 10:25:24 GMT
Opposition leader Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmad
Opposition leader Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmad has once again urged Ethiopian troops to withdraw, as violence continues to rule Somalia.
Sheikh Ahmad who has returned to Somalia after two years to try to settle differences within opposition groups, once again told journalists on Tuesday that he welcomed the Djibouti peace accord and urged Ethiopian troops' to withdraw.
"If Ethiopians don't leave, violence would continue," he said at the town of Baidoa, where he was warmly received by crowds of supporters.
Sharif had left the Horn of Africa state in 2006, after the Ethiopian military marched into the country to support the transitional government.
Meanwhile, just before Sharif's arrival at Baidoa, eyewitnesses reported that over 25 Ethiopian military vehicles and some nine-hundred troops had secretly left the town for Ethiopia.
Also on the same day three civilians were killed as heavy mortars hit a stadium in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, Press TV correspondent reported.
In another incident, Somali government soldiers killed two more civilians and kidnapped six others at a key checkpoint near Mogadishu, eyewitnesses said.
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