• Short Summary

    In Rome on Tuesday (7 February), an Ethiopian government spokesman, Major Girma Neway, claimed Somalia was getting a lot of help from several Arab countries and Iran in the Ogaden border war with Ethiopia.

  • Description

    In Rome on Tuesday (7 February), an Ethiopian government spokesman, Major Girma Neway, claimed Somalia was getting a lot of help from several Arab countries and Iran in the Ogaden border war with Ethiopia. Major Neway, who is chairman of the Ethiopian Information Centre in Addis Ababa, accused Saudi Arabia, Iran and Egypt of pouring arms into Somalia and alleged that NATO was also planning to help the Somalis. Major Neway's comments came on the eve of an expected major Ethiopian ground offensive in the Ogaden against Somali-backed forces, who are already retreating under heavy air and artillery attacks. His accusations contrasted with complaints in Somalia that it was not getting the arms it needed.

    SYNOPSIS: Somalia already has some Soviet weaponry, like these obsolete gunboats, anchored in the northern Somali port of Berbera.

    Like this hospital, the gunboats were abandoned when Somalia expelled its Soviet advisers last year. The Somalis are now counting on the West for armaments.

    The danger for Ethiopia's adversaries is that the war in the Ogaden Desert will escalate.

    They are worried that, helped by Cuban soldiers, like this one captured in the fighting, Ethiopia will invade and annex the northern part of the country. If it did so, Ethiopia could control the strategic mouth of the Red Sea.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6IYGJTISMNCY44M2GNJDE8S90
    Media URN:
    VLVA6IYGJTISMNCY44M2GNJDE8S90
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/02/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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