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Somalia: 20 killed, 40 others wounded in conflicts near Ethiopian border


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(By Estera Popowska)

Fighting between forces from the Somali Regional State of Ethiopia and pastoralists has left at least 20 people dead and more than 40 injured in small villages close to the Somalia and Ethiopian border, an official has said.

According to Horseed Media,  Hussein Ali Wehelie, the governor of Galgadud region of Somalia, told local media outlets that the fighting has been going on since Tuesday in an area near to the border that separates both countries.

The fighting reportedly erupted when the Somali region state of Ethiopia invaded two villages close to the border. However, a source says it is not clear why they invaded and also hard to find independent sources in the area due to poor communication system. Mr Wehelie has reportedly urged both sides to stop the conflict.

‘’We are doing our best to find solution to this conflict which is unnecessary,’’ he said in an interview. In recent years, several conflicts have occurred in the Somalia-Ethiopia border mostly related to tribal and pasture disputes.

Meanwhile, over 4000 Ethiopian troops are currently in Southern part of Somalia which are part of the African Union peacekeeping mission.

 

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