Fighting is continuing in Ethiopia between Government troops and Eritrean secessionists in the north and rebels backed by Somali troops in the east.
SV PULL BACK TO GV Ranks of farmers with guns as listening to Farmers Association Chairman. (3 shots)
CU Rockets and grenades being held by farmers. (2 shots)
CU Rifles PULL OUT TO GV Farmers and PAN others holding rockets. (3 shots)
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Background: Fighting is continuing in Ethiopia between Government troops and Eritrean secessionists in the north and rebels backed by Somali troops in the east. From the Harar region in Eastern Ethiopia comes a report of a successful rout of Somali troops by irate farmers living about 80 kilometres south of Harar City.
SYNOPSIS: The reports say that Somali troops established a stronghold in the village to which these farmers belonged. But the soldiers made the mistake of looting the village of its livestock for their food.
The farmers pretended to cooperate with the Somalis but under cover of darkness they slipped out of the village and set fire to haystacks to give the impression that Ethiopian Government troops were coming.
The farmers-armed with sticks, stones and farm tools-launched an attack from another direction and drove off the Somali troops recovering some of their cattle and capturing abandoned weapons. On Tuesday (24 January) they gathered in their village to hear a Chairman of the Farmer's Association praise them for what was termed "their heroic and revolutionary operation". Later reports said the weaponless Somalis were harassed as they fled past other villages but their final fate is unknown.