INTRODUCTION: Somalia's government has reported a series of Ethiopian air attacks in areas near its border with the disputed Ogaden region, scene of major fighting between the two countries in 1977 and 1978.
CU Sign "Baddwein"
CU Sign PULL BACK PAN TO GV bomb damaged buildings
SV PULL BACK TO GV Man and boy outside bomb damaged building
GV Village people looking at damage ZOOM INTO CU rubble on ground
SV Soldier PULL BACK TO GV bomb damaged area
CU Bomb crater at Galdogob
SV PULL BACK TO GV Devastated area
CU PULL BACK TO SV Devastated building
SV ZOOM INTO CU Wrecked building
CU Unexploded bomb embedded in ground PAN TO another bomb
CU Russian lettering on bomb
CU Lettering on bomb PULL BACK TO SV villagers looking at bombs
CU Rubble on ground PULL BACK TO SV
SV PAN INTERIOR Wounded people in Galcaio Hospital
CU PULL BACK TO SV Injured woman in bed
CU PULL BACK TO SV Injured children in hospital
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Somalia's government has reported a series of Ethiopian air attacks in areas near its border with the disputed Ogaden region, scene of major fighting between the two countries in 1977 and 1978. The reports say at least 30 people were killed and 53 wounded on Thursday and Friday (11/12 June) in air raids on two provincial capitals in central Somalia.
SYNOPSIS: Attacks on the villages of Galdogob and Baddwein by Ethiopian Air Force MIG fighters were made during aerial manoeuvres order the region on 7 June and 10 June. A total of nine people were reported to have been killed here and 15 injured. The Somalis said the raid was aimed at drawing attention to Ethiopia's disputed Ogaden region before the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit meeting starts in Nairobi this month.
Sporadic fighting between Soviet-backed Ethiopian troops and guerrillas of the Western Somalia Liberation Front (WSLF) has continued since Ethiopia won the battle for the Ogaden three years ago.
Galdogob is only a few kilometres (miles) from Somalia's border with the Ogaden. Attacks on villagers like this have been denied by the Ethiopians who say the reports are pure fabrication. The Somalis say the raids followed recent attacks on Ethiopian targets by the WSLF guerrillas. They maintain that no regular Somali troops were involved in the Ogaden fighting. The United States agreed to bolster Somalia's defences last year on condition no regular Somali troops took part in military action in the Ogaden.
Somalia's Ministry of Information said 24 people were killed and 37 injured in an Ethiopian air attack launched on Galcaio, the capital of Mudugh Province. Two hundred homes were damaged and many people trapped under rubble.
Some of those injured were filmed in hospital at Galcaio. It was one of seven recent air raids in the Ogaden region. After the attack, President Siad Barre of Somalia cut short his visit to nine African countries. His tour was aimed at giving African leaders Somalia's view on problems facing the troubled Horn of Africa before the OAU conference.