- Title: SOMALIA: GERMAN AND UNITED STATES PEACEKEEPERS LEAVE MOGADISHU
- Date: 13th February 1994
- Summary: MOGADISHU, SOMALIA (FEBRUARY 13 AND 14, 1994) (FEBRUARY 13) 1. CU PAN UNITED STATES (U.S.) SHIP "EMPIRE STATE" BERTHED AT MOGADISHU PORT 0.10 2. SV UNITED NATIONS (U.N.) SOLDIERS ON GUARD AT PORT 0.14 3. SV"EMPIRE STATE" LEAVING PORT (STERN) PULL BACK 0.24 4. GVS GERMAN U.N TROOPS ARRIVING AT PORT/GETTING OFF TRUCK 0.39 5. GVS GERMAN SOLDIERS BOARDING GERMAN SHIP (3 SHOTS) 0.51 6. SV U.N. TROOPS STANDING GUARD IN ARMOURED CAR 0.55 7. GVS GERMAN SHIP LEAVING PORT/ U.N. HELICOPTER OVERHEAD 1.10 (FEBRUARY 14) 8. GV HOUSES DESTROYED BY EXPLOSION 1.16 9. GV CHILDREN PEERING THROUGH HOLE IN WALL OF HOUSE 1.24 10. SVS MOGADISHU RESIDENTS INSPECTING DAMAGE 1.30 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 28th February 1994 12:00
- Location: MOGADISHU, SOMALIA
- Country: Somalia
- Reuters ID: LVACT4P8FX1SC80CRHTMA09G7PCW
- Story Text: The first contingents of United States (U.S.) and German United Nations (U.N.) peacekeepers left Mogadishu on Sunday (February 13) initiating a troop pullout due to be completed by the end of March.
U.S. troops aboard the ship the "Empire State", and 101 German soldiers aboard a frigate, left the port amid tight security.
The German soldiers were part of a total contingent of 1,300.
Their ship will take them to Mombasa,from where they w1ll fly back to Germany on Tuesday.
The German troops were sent to Somalia as part of their country's attempts to expand its world military role after unification. Constitutional restrictions meant they were limited to a strictly non-combat role, supporting other nations' troops in the relatively peaceful central Somali town of Belet Huen.
The decision to pull them out was made after U.S President Bill Clinton announced that U.S. soldiers were leaving.
The United States, France, Italy, Greece, Norway, Tunisia, Turkey and South Korea are pulling their peacekeeping forces out by the end of March.
On Monday, an overnight explosion shook central Mogadishu. Two people were injured in the blast which destroyed two houses and damaged another.
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