Somalia: Fighting between the government and Ahlusunna begins on the third day

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GURIEL (Horn Observer) – Fighting between Somali forces and Ahlusunna Waljamaa fighters has entered its third day among reports of civilian casualties after grenades hit houses in the town of Guriel in the Galgaduud region.

Reports say that the fighting has mainly been in the eastern part of the city, with both light and heavy weapons used.

Guriel residents say a child was also killed during the recent battle.

Last Sunday, fighting subsided after the government accepted a call from Ahlusunna Waljamaa leaders to shoot away the bodies of their warriors killed in fighting on Saturday.

But sources confirmed that the clashes resumed later in the day with some military officials saying the fighting caused heavy casualties on both sides. Government forces claimed victory.

The fighting has displaced more than 100,000 residents who have been forced to flee to nearby villages that are already facing threatening drought and water shortages.

Aid organizations are worried about the impact the new displacement will have on the overworked host societies.

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