Hundreds of Ethiopian troops have crossed a border town in neighboring Somalia in order to fight al-Shabaab fighters, witnesses say.
Capt. Hashi Nour of the Somali military confirmed that Somali and Ethiopian troops had moved in the town of Beletweyne on Saturday.
Following the move, hundreds of Somali residents fled the border town, some 30 km (18 miles) into Somalia, local people said.
Ethiopian forces were deployed in the Hiran region of Beledweyne in November. The movement appears to be a third front against al-Shabaab.