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Somali Opposition Warriors ‘Attack On Mogadishu Parts’ | Somalia News


Witnesses reported the movements of the armed men the day after clashed with government troops over an attempt to extend the presidential duties.

Somali opposition warriors took positions in areas of the capital Mogadishu a day later clash with government army erupted on the president’s efforts to expand his mandate.

Witnesses said armed men and motorguns were stationed in opposition strongholds on Monday, while major roads in the capital were blocked off.

Witness Abdullahi Mire told the AFP news agency: “Both the Somali security forces and militants who support the opposition have taken positions along some main roads, with civil traffic but in some areas. They do not allow anyone to move.

Somalia, which is recovering from decades of civil war, is facing its worst political crisis in recent years after failing to hold scheduled elections in February.

President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, known as Farmaajo, has faced stiff criticism from both at home and from foreign allies after signing a law earlier this month extending his duties. two more years.

On Sunday night, sporadic gunshots rang throughout the capital after fighting broke out between government forces and allies with various opposition leaders.

Clashes – mainly in the northern neighborhoods of Sanca and Marinaya and the crowded KM4 intersection in the center – began after dozens of opposition supporters marched against Farmaajo’s resignation. .

No casualties have been reported.

Reporting from Nairobi, Al Jazeera’s Catherine Soi said that while the opposition had kept their position in the capital, there was no active participation on Monday morning.

“Looks like there are a lot of shuttle diplomacy because no one is interested in an all-out war,” Soi said. “The diplomats are trying to bring the opposition sides to the negotiating table, saying they have to de-escalate the tensions. People are calling for calm. ”

Possibility to escalate

Somalia, which was plunged into war and turmoil in 1991, struggled to re-establish the power of the central government and rebuild the country, with international help. The inability to hold the February elections sparked a new crisis.

Tensions remained high on Monday, with some people trying to leave their homes in affected neighborhoods.

“People are starting to flee the Bermudo region where the opposition supporters took their place last night, the situation is tense and an armed confrontation could happen at any time.” image remains the same, ”Fadumo Ali, a resident of one of the stressed neighborhoods, told AFP.

“Some families left last night when fighting broke out… we don’t know how things will turn out in the next few hours but now everything is calm and no fight,” one person other people, said Feysal Hassan.

While schools and universities were closed, life in some neighborhoods was not affected.

The crisis in Somalia has made foreign supporters increasingly demoralized, who have urged Farmaajo to return to dialogue with the leaders of the country’s five federal states on how to hold elections.

“Very concerned about the events that are taking place in Mogadishu,” European Union special envoy Nicolas Berlanga tweeted on Sunday.

“The common good requires maximum restriction, conservation of institutions that belong to all and dialogue. Violence is not acceptable. Responsible people will be held accountable ”.

Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble said in a news conference on Monday that he was “disappointed with the violence aimed at destabilizing peace and stability in Mogadishu during the Ramadan holiday month”.

He called on the security forces “to fulfill their national commitment and protect the stability of the people in Mogadishu”.



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