2 April 2007

Somalia: Mogadishu Resumes Calm As Gun Shots Heard

Mogadishu — The situation in which a bloody battle raged for the last four days has been calm Monday despite sporadic gunfire in some parts of the Somalia capital, Mogadishu.

Some of the streets closed during the war for the past four days are still closed - Fagah, Suqa-Xolaha, Taleh, Huriwa, Florence, Ali-Kamin, Towfiq and Shirkole streets. Cars do not use these streets in fear of the artillery shelling.

The people trapped in the areas of the fighting have now received a chance to escape, as exchanges of gun fire could be heard in the areas where the warring sides are facing off.

The dead bodies  which lay inside the villages were buried. A number of other corpses from both rival sides of Ethiopians and Somali insurgents remain on the ground.

It is still hard to reach the bullet-destroyed settlements in the capital where the worst battles happened, to see whether there are civilian people who might be trapped.

Some of the residents where the worst fighting occurred told Shabelle Radio that there are relatives still missing in the villages. Some remained in the villages to guard their homes and business centers.

The calmness in the capital came a day after a truce brokered by Hawiye clan leaders with Ethiopian military officials.

The war has an impact on trade in the markets of the capital where all shops are closed as some business people withdrew their properties from the markets.

The war continuing is possible anytime as the warring sides are still facing off and ready to fight.

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