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Ethiopia Denies Somalia Forces Involved in Fighting in Tigray

  • Somali lawmaker has asked president to investigate issue
  • Claim follows reports that Eritrea forces deployed in Ethiopia
Refugees who fled the Ethiopia's Tigray conflict wait in line for food distribution at the Um Raquba refugee camp in Sudan's eastern Gedaref state on Dec. 12, 2020. 

Refugees who fled the Ethiopia's Tigray conflict wait in line for food distribution at the Um Raquba refugee camp in Sudan's eastern Gedaref state on Dec. 12, 2020. 

Photographer: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images

Ethiopia’s government denied that Somali soldiers fought alongside federal troops in the ongoing conflict in its Tigray region.

The head of Somalia’s parliamentary committee on foreign affairs on Jan. 18 asked Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed to investigate complaints by family members that their sons had gone missing while fighting in Ethiopia. Somalia’s former deputy spy chief said in an interview this week with local broadcaster GoobJoog TV that hundreds of Somali soldiers may have died in the clashes.