22/04/08 (B444) Press TV / Somalie : les forces armées éthiopiennes tuent « à l’arme blanche » 34 civils dans une mosquée au Nord de Mogadiscio – Ethiopian army kills 34 Somali civilians.

At least 34 elderly civilians from Hawiye Clan are killed by Ethiopian soldiers in a mosque in north of the Somalia Capital, Mogadishu.

A group from the Clan has collected 34 bodies slaughtered by knives after Ethiopian soldiers attacked Al Hidaya mosque north of Mogadishu, a Press TV correspondent reported on Monday.

The incident was reportedly filmed by the members of the Clan.

Meanwhile, a massive land mine explosion rocked Mogadishu on Monday, killing three Somali soldiers and injuring eight others according to witnesses, however, the government confirmed the death of only one soldier.

In another incident, a large number of civilians have started to flee their home as Ethiopian soldiers equipped with heavy weapons and anti-aircraft missiles are nearing south Mogadishu.

The Somali government has the backing of Ethiopian troops, who in 2006 helped drive the Islamic Courts Union from power. Since then, thousands of Ethiopian troops are occupying the country and many Somalis are increasingly beginning to resent it.

Somalia has been engulfed in flames of violence and unrest since former President Siad Barre fled the country in late Jan. 1991after a defeat by Ethiopian army.

22/04/08 (B444) Press TV / Somalie : 214 morts dans les derniers combats ! 214 killed in fresh Mogadishu violence (En Anglais – info lecteur)

A wounded man is brought to Madina hospital in Mogadishu

Ethiopian troops have killed over 214 Somali civilians and injured 398 in Mogadishu while 2000 others have been missing, Hawiye Clan Elders say.

Hawiye clan Elders said the death toll in the recent round of violence in Mogadishu have made them to reconsider the ongoing talks of the Clan with the government of Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hossein, a Press TV correspondent reported on Monday.

They also called on international community to take measure to stop the genocide by Ethiopians which is underway in Mogadishu.

Hawiye, the largest Somali clan is the dominant one in Mogadishu since 2007.

In another incident on Monday, Ethiopian soldiers took 42 students to an unknown place after the troops captured a district in north Mogadishu.

Somalia’s capital has known little but near-daily shootouts, roadside bombings and assassinations since Ethiopian troops helped oust Islamist rulers from Mogadishu in early 2007.

21/04/08 (B444) Press TV / Le Premier Ministre somalien défend la présence et l’action des troupes éthiopiennes en Somalie / Somali PM defends Ethiopian troops (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

Somali Prime Minister has been grilled over his recent remarks alleging that Ethiopian troops are defending themselves against assaults.

The Ethiopians are not killers, they are only defending themselves against the enemy-launched attacks, a Press TV correspondent quoted Nur Hassan Hussein as saying in South Mogadishu on Sunday.

Somali Premier’s comments come as Ethiopian artillery fire has reportedly left at least 50 civilians killed and 150 others seriously wounded.

The Ethiopians are hated in Somalia. They marched into the country in December 2006 to help Somalia’s interim government oust the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC).

The union controlled Mogadishu and much of southern and central Somalia in 2006.

20/04/08 (B444) Press TV – 12 soldats éthiopiens tués dans une forte explosion au sud de Mogadiscio -Mogadishu blasts kill 12 Ethiopians (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

Heavy explosions strike Ethiopian soldiers in southern Mogadishu, leaving at least a dozen people killed and some 24 others injured.

The blasts targeted Ethiopian military convoys as they were heading for Radar district of Deynile in the south of the Somali capital, Press TV correspondent reported.

Eye witnesses said the incident left more than 12 foreign soldiers killed and some 24 wounded, while an Islamic Court Union spokesman put the Ethiopian death toll at 22, which could not be independently confirmed.

Elsewhere, armed Somali groups clashed in Afgooye, some 30 km from Mogadishu, as both sides tried to take control of a building.

The fighting took the lives of four people while two more suffered serious injuries.

Heavy clashes between insurgents and Somali government soldiers continue in Harayale district, but no reliable report on the casualties has been as yet released.

18/04/08 (B443) Press TV / Un partisan de la paix yéménite et ses deux gardes du corps ont été assassinés dans le Nord Est de Saada. – Yemeni lawmaker assassinated (En Anglais)

A lawmaker from Yemen’s ruling party and two of his bodyguards have been shot dead by gunmen in the northwestern region of Saada.

Saleh al-Hindi, a member of the ruling General People’s Congress, was killed when the gunmen sprayed his car with bullets before escaping, AFP reported on Friday.

The slain lawmaker had been a member of the opposition southern-based Yemen Socialist Party (YSP) before shifting to President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s party around eight years ago.

Hendi who heads a prominent tribe in Saada had survived several previous assassination attempts.

Mountainous Saada province has been the scene of a rebellion by members of the Zaidi community who reject Saleh’s regime as illegitimate, although the president is himself a Zaidi.

15/04/08 (B443) Press TV – La somalie envoie des armes au Puntland. – Somali sends weapons to Puntland (Info lecteur – En Anglais)

Over 6 planes loaded with weapons have been transferred from Mogadishu to the self-declared autonomous state of Puntland, northeast Somalia.

The heavy weapons -moved from Aden Adde international airport- had been mostly handed over by Somali businessmen and Hawiye Clan to the government, Press TV correspondent reported on Monday.

It is said that the weapons were delivered to Somali government forces by Ethiopian troops after they disarmed the Hawiye Clan warlords. Hawiye, is the dominant clan in Somalia capital, Mogadishu.

The warlords who handed over the weapons were government members and are blamed for the failure of more than 16 national reconciliation conferences.

Puntland, whose leaders in 1998 declared an autonomous state, obtains its economic and political support from Ethiopia.

Meanwhile, there are reports that the government of President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed is faced with the resignation of the military officers and escape of soldiers.

Yusuf Ahmed, backed by Ethiopian forces, defeated the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) on the last day of 2006.