Saturday, June 17, 2006

Tensions mount along Ethiopia-Somalia border

Islamists fighters in Somalia claimed that Ethiopian troops crossed the border into Somalia Saturday near Dollow.

Ethiopia denied the claim, but warned Islamists not to cross the border themselves.

A government manned check-point along the Baidoa-Mogadishu highway near the southern city of Baidoa, 250km (155 miles) northwest of the Somalia capital Mogadishu June 15, 2006. (Guled Mohamed/Reuters)
A Somali check-point along the Baidoa-Mogadishu highway near of Baidoa, where Somalia's interim government is located on June 15, 2006. Guled Mohamed/Reuters photo from Yahoo News.

Increasing numbers of Islamist fighters have been moving toward Baidoa, where Somalia's weak interim government is based. Ethiopia, which has supported the interim President Abdullahi Yusuf is also reported to be massing troops near the border not far from Baidoa.

The fundamentalist fighters under the control of the Islamic Courts Union have captured most of Mogadishu and have nearly surrounded Baidoa.

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