Somalia Denies Tigray War Involvment Claim By UN Report
Somalia’s Information Minister Osman Abukar Dubbe has once again refuted claims by United Nations report that Somali National Army (SNA) to train in Eritrea engaged in the Tigray war.
Speaking to Journalist on Thursday, 10 June, Somali Information Minister Osman Dubbe referred to the reports as “fabricated” for political reasons.
“We are confirming that soldiers sent to Eritrea did not participate in the Tigray fighting, which is meant for politics and business, that claimed Somali troops training in Eritrea took part in fighting in Tigray Region, northern Ethiopia, is not true,” Dubbe said.
This remarks by Mr. Dubbe comes after the United Nations report due to be submitted to the General Assembly this month said Somali soldiers are fighting alongside Eritrean troops in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.
The report also mentioned the presence of Somali fighters near the Ethiopian city of Aksum.
Hundreds of Somali parents have taken to the streets in the KM4 area in Mogadishu demanding the government to tell them the whereabouts of their sons who were sent to Eritrea for military training.
The protesting parents said they have been unable to contact their children and that their whereabouts remain unknown since clashes between rebel forces and the Ethiopian military started in the northern Tigray region toward the end of 2020.
Puntland displayed five young men who claimed they returned from Eritrea where they were being trained.
Hundreds of Somali troops were taken to Asmara for training in 2019. A UN report confirmed Somali troops moved into Tigray to join the battle.