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10 Jan 2016 description

Source: Reuters - Sat, 9 Jan 2016 13:14 GMT

HARGEISA, Somalia Jan 9 (Reuters) - Dozens of Ethiopian and Somali migrants died in the waters off the breakaway Somalia region of Somaliland when their vessel failed mechanically in the course of the voyage and drifted in the sea, a regional Somaliland official said.

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21 Feb 2012 description

By Feisal Omar and Mohamed Ahmed

MOGADISHU, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Ethiopian troops backed by tanks wrested control of a town in southern Somalia on Tuesday from the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab, officials said.

Addis Ababa sent troops into neighbouring Somalia in November as part of a wider campaign to crush al Shabaab rebels who control swathes of central and southern Somalia.

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27 Nov 2011 description

By Mohamed Ahmed and Abdi Sheikh

MOGADISHU, Nov 27 (Reuters) - New convoys of heavily-armed Ethiopian troops have crossed into Somalia and are heading for central areas, residents said on Sunday, days after Addis Ababa said it planned to send troops to help Somali and Kenya forces fighting Islamist insurgents.

Ethiopia, which intervened in Somalia between 2006 and 2009, said on Friday that it would deploy troops inside Somalia again for a "brief period".

25 Nov 2011 description
  • Says hopes intends mission to be brief

  • To join Kenya, Somalia troops fighting al Shabaab

By Aaron Maasho

ADDIS ABABA, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Ethiopia will deploy troops inside Somalia for a "brief period" to help Somali and Kenyan forces battling Islamist militants expand their control in southern Somalia, Ethiopian officials said on Friday.

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05 Oct 2011 description

04 Oct 2011 13:32

Oct 4 (Reuters) - Somalia's al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab rebels struck at the heart of the capital Mogadishu on Tuesday, killing at least 65 people with a truck bomb in one of the group's most deadly single attack since launching an insurgency in 2007.

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08 May 2010 description

* Al Shabaab says 'enemy base' destroyed

* Resident says government troops fled into Ethiopia

MOGADISHU, May 8 (Reuters) - Somalia's Islamist al Shabaab rebels on Saturday captured a town on the border with Ethiopia after government forces fled, a militia commander and a local resident said.

The northern town of Elberde has recently been used as a base for newly trained government forces from regions in southern Somalia.

"The Mujahideen are at last controlling the district, we have destroyed the enemy base and forced them to flee," Sheikh Hasan Mo'alim …

07 Feb 2010 description

07 Feb 2010 18:17:05 GMT

* Residents say troops seeking man linked to insurgents

* Say troops seize family of man they sought

By Mohamed Ahmed and Abdi Sheikh

MOGADISHU, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Ethiopian troops in armoured vehicles crossed into two border towns in south central Somalia and seized the family of a man with links to al Shabaab insurgents, residents said on Sunday.

They said troops went to El Barde and Yeed on Saturday seeking the man.

04 Jun 2009 description

By Frank Nyakairu

DADAAB, Kenya, June 4 (Reuters) - Somalis fleeing war and hunger at home are pouring into neighbouring Kenya at an average rate of 7,000 per month, swelling what is already the world's largest refugee settlement, U.N.

12 May 2009 description
  • Children on brink of starvation, cattle dying of thirst

    - Food shortages extend to Ethiopia and Kenya

    By Stephanie Nebehay

    GENEVA, May 12 (Reuters) - Somalia's worst drought in a decade is pushing growing numbers of children into near-famine conditions and deepening the humanitarian crisis caused by political violence, the United Nations warned on Tuesday.

    Some 3.2 million Somalis are among an estimated 19 million people in the Horn of Africa in urgent need of life-saving food assistance, top U.N.

12 Apr 2009 description
  • UNHCR says 7 still missing presumed dead

    - Smugglers forced migrants off boat while still at sea

    SANAA, April 12 (Reuters) - Seven African migrants drowned and a further seven are missing and presumed dead after smugglers forced passengers off a boat in deep sea off Yemen, the U.N. refugee agency said.

    Survivors told the U.N.

27 Jan 2009 description

By Abdiaziz Hassan

DJIBOUTI, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Somalia's Islamist presidential candidate said he wants to make peace with Ethiopia, bring young militia fighters into a national security force, and rebuild the country's social services.

Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, the moderate Islamist leader from the Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia (ARS), also told Reuters he was ready to discuss any political or religious issues with Islamist insurgents still fighting in Somalia.

Ahmed, a law graduate from Libya, was chairman of the Islamic Courts' Union which ran Mogadishu in …

28 Feb 2008 description

By Alistair Lyon, Special Correspondent

KHARAZ, Yemen, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Yemen is a poor and often dysfunctional Arab country, but to thousands of Somalis and Ethiopians it is a notch better than misery and danger at home.

Obah Idli, a 19-year-old from Somalia's anarchic capital Mogadishu, made it to an isolated refugee camp in the desert, relieved to be alive after paying smugglers to sail her across the Red Sea from Djibouti with 30 of her compatriots.

"It was a very small boat.

04 Sep 2007 description

By Peter Apps

LONDON, Sept 4 (Reuters) - New violence in central Africa is raising food aid needs, aid workers say, while the effects of drought are becoming more severe in the continent's south.

Drought and fighting have increased the number of people needing food assistance in Somalia to more than a million and some local surveys suggest attacks on aid convoys in Sudan's Darfur are pushing many into acute malnutrition.

Fighting has flared in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in recent months, with troops clashing with fighters loyal to a dissident ethnic Tutsi …

15 Apr 2007 description

ASMARA, April 15 (Reuters) - Ethiopia and Eritrea's entanglement in Somalia has added a dangerous new element to their already tense relationship and diminished hopes they may resolve a border dispute seen as vital for regional stability.

Analysts say tensions could further worsen in the countdown to a November deadline, set by an independent boundary commission, for both sides to demarcate their border.

"The tragedy is that it's gone well beyond the confines of the border dispute," said Patrick Smith, editor of the Africa Confidential newsletter.

"It's …

22 Jan 2007 description

By Andrew Heavens

ADDIS ABABA, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Abdulrahman Abdulqadir was watching his favourite football team Arsenal on satellite television when the seven gunmen burst into his shack in Somalia's capital Mogadishu.

"They were shouting 'This is not allowed', 'This is against Islam'," said the 18-year-old electrical engineering student. "We ran out and they started firing their Kalashnikovs over our heads.

19 Jan 2007 description

ASMARA, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Eritrea has said arch-foe Ethiopia is stuck in a "quagmire" in Somalia weeks after its military helped the interim government topple rival Islamists.

In an interview with Al Jazeera television late on Thursday, Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki said it was too early to know the outcome of Addis Ababa's military intervention in Somalia.

25 Dec 2006 description

Dec 25 (Reuters) - Ethiopian warplanes attacked two Islamist-held airfields in Somalia on Monday, witnesses said, wounding at least one person and further escalating a conflict that threatens to engulf the Horn of Africa in war. Here are some details about the region.


-The horn is a peninsula of East Africa that juts into the Arabian Sea.

-The term also refers to the greater region containing the countries of Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia. It covers approximately 2 million sq km (770,000 sq mile). The population is about 86.5 million.

17 Nov 2006 description

NAIROBI, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Torrential rains and floods have hit up to 1.8 million people in the Horn of Africa, driving tens of thousands from their homes and threatening to trigger epidemics, U.N. aid bodies said on Friday.

In the latest reports of growing disaster around the region, the UNHCR refugee agency said rising waters had uprooted more than 78,000 people in northeast Kenya and completely cut off three refugee camps near Kenya's border with Somalia.

Heavy rains are forecast to continue into at least December, the U.N.

28 Jul 2006 description

NAIROBI, July 28 (Reuters) - Thousands of Somali refugees fleeing drought and conflict have crossed porous borders with Kenya and Ethiopia in the last few months, the United Nations said on Friday.

Already facing severe drought since late 2005, further poor rains early this year combined with heavy fighting in Mogadishu that saw Islamist militia rise to power have added to an already dire humanitarian situation, aid agencies say.