Ethiopia: Clashes at border with Kenya and Somalia between army against al-Shabaab and Oromo Liberation Front (OLF)
The Ethiopian army is fighting two rebels in two different borders as it tries to secure its border towns.
Ethiopian troops supporting Somalia’s weak transitional forces have been battling al-Shabaab insurgents for the past week in the town of Beled-hawo, near the Somalia-Ethiopia-Kenya border.
The fighting erupted early hours of Wednesday when Ethiopia tried to fairwell more than 2,000 Somali police across the border. They have been receiving training in Ethiopia since 2009. Minutes after their deployment they came under attack from heavily-armed al-Shabaab insurgents.
The Ethiopian army, who pitched camp out side the town were drawn into the battle when the Somali police retreated back into the Ethiopian border. The Ethiopians fired missiles and heavy artillery but were met with heavy resistance.