Reports from southern Somalia say that many people have fled villages
in the Lower Shabelle region following attacks by Ethiopian troops
and local Rahanwein militiamen.
forces captured two villages yesterday, and merchants accused Ethiopian
forces of looting their goods.
reported to have agreed to withdraw its forces from Somalia late
last year under a deal with the Somali warlord, Hussein Aideed,
who expelled some Ethiopian Islamic rebels from Somalia in return.