The Ethiopian government has claimed more than one thousand Somali troops were killed during an unsuccessful invasion of Ethiopia's Ogaden region.
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Background: The Ethiopian government has claimed more than one thousand Somali troops were killed during an unsuccessful invasion of Ethiopia's Ogaden region. Ethiopia's Foreign Minister, Colonel Feleke Gedle Giorgis, said there had been an unprovoked Somali invasion of southern Ethiopia.
SYNOPSIS: In Addis Ababa, newspaper pictures were published of arms and prisoners captured during the invasion. Photographs in the official Ethiopian Herald showed tanks, armoured personnel carriers and jeeps mounted with 106-millimetre canon. The Ethiopian Government announced that its army and air force had beaten back in heavy fighting a four-pronged assault by 14-thousand Somali soldiers in the Ogaden region, close to the border with Somalia.
Ethiopian officials said 13-hundred Somalis had been killed and more than 2-thousand wounded in the attack, reportedly backed by three infantry brigades. MiG jets were used to attack Somali artillery positions near Warder in the heart of the Ogaden, and a number of Somali troops were captured, according to the Ethiopian Herald.
During an eight-month war in 1977 and 1978, Ethiopia defeated Somalia in the Ogaden. Somali guerrillas have continued the fight since then, but Somalia has denied that its regular troops are involved. The Organisation of African Unity is trying to defuse the confrontation between Ethiopia and Somalia.