Somalia: UN calls for ceasefire as part of Bossaso peace efforts

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Somalia: UN calls for ceasefire as part of Bossaso peace efforts

MOGADICHE – The main UN relief envoy to Somalia on Friday called for a ceasefire in Bossaso, a commercial port town in northeast Somalia, after three days of intense fighting between rival security forces.

Adam Abdelmoula, the humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, expressed concern about the impact of the ongoing hostilities in Bossaso in Northeastern State state on civilians.

“I urge all parties to the conflict to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law and to ensure unhindered access by humanitarian workers to all those in need of assistance,” Abdelmoula said in a statement issued in Mogadishu, the Somali capital.

He said more than half of the population of Bossaso town had been displaced from their homes as a result of fighting between soldiers loyal to the sacked director of the US-formed counterterrorism unit, the Northeastern State Security Forces. (PSF), and regular security forces in the region. owned by the Northeastern State government.

According to humanitarian partners and local authorities, some 40 percent of the 70,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) hosted in the town of Bossaso have also suffered secondary displacement.

The UN official said the closure of shops limited the ability for vulnerable people, including displaced people and drought-affected communities, to exchange their vouchers for basic supplies.

“I am further concerned that the fighting has negatively affected the ability of humanitarian partners to reach internally displaced persons who are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance and protection,” Abdelmoula said.

The clashes that began on Tuesday were strongly condemned by Somali leaders including outgoing President Mohamed Farmajo.

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