MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Thousands of Ethiopian troops have crossed from the border into Somalia, heading southern regions of the country.
Residents in the Somali populated district of Jigjiga in Ethiopia told media that they saw Ethiopian military vehicles and troops heading to Somalia.
Hours later, Somali residents on the Somalia-Ethiopia border confirmed to local media that Ethiopians have crossed the border armed with tanks and heavy weaponry.
The news has escalated fears raised about the deployment of Ethiopian troops that may be used against regional administrations deemed against the incumbent President of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.
Ethiopian troops had previously silenced supporters of Mokhtar Robow who was running for president of South-west regional state in a clamp down that left many civilians dead. They have also recently participated in toppling ASWJ Sufi leadership in Dhusamareb.
Ethiopia has more than 15 ,000 soldiers present in Somalia that help the African Union force in fighting Al-Shabaab, but most of its troops are currently locked down in several districts in Bay, Bakol and Hiran regions after Al-Shabaab laid a prolonged siege on areas under their control.
Somali people consider Ethiopia as their greatest enemy after the two countries fought on the occupied Ogaden in 1977, followed by Ethiopian invasion of Somalia in 2006 which led to the death of thousands of Somali civilians in Mogadishu and other regions of the country.
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