Clashes in the Northeastern State force in Somalia, thousands must flee

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Clashes in the Northeastern State force in Somalia, thousands must flee

MOGADICHE – Clashes between two rival factions of the security forces in a port town in northeast Somalia have forced hundreds of families to flee their homes, a local official said on Saturday.

The fighting has rocked Bosaso, the commercial capital of Northeastern State, in the north-east of the country for several days.

“Thousands of residents of the town of Bosaso fled (…) as sporadic fighting took place in parts of the town,” local official Abdirizak Mohamed told Agence France-Presse.

“Most people decided to leave their homes after the belligerents used heavy machine guns and mortars,” mainly from two parts of the city, he said.

Mohamed said it was not clear exactly how many people had left the city on the shores of the Gulf of Aden, but he estimated it was “hundreds of families”.

On Thursday, the UN humanitarian agency OCHA said it was “extremely concerned” by the escalation of violence which had led thousands of people to flee in search of safety.

“With the continuing fighting in the town of Bosaso (…) more than half of the town’s population has reportedly been displaced from their homes,” OCHA Representative for Somalia Adam Abdelmoula said in a statement. communicated.

He added that the fighting had also uprooted families already displaced by previous unrest.

“Some 40 percent of the 70,000 internally displaced people accommodated in the town of Bosaso are also believed to have suffered secondary displacement,” Abdelmoula said.

Located at the northern tip of Somalia, Northeastern State is one of the five restless federal states in the Horn of Africa.

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