5 April 2007

Somalia: War Feared to Resume in the Capital

Mogadishu — The Ethiopian forces and the local Somali insurgents opposing the presence of the Ethiopians have exchanged artillery, mortar and gunfires, which lasted for hours wednesday night in the Somalia capital Mogadishu. - It is in violation of the ceasefire reached earlier.

The exchange of the weaponry happened around Ali-Kamin settlement in south of the capital where the rival troops are still face off.

Witnesses told Shabelle Radio that they could heard a sporadic gun fires around the frontline between the two sides in Ali-Kamin.

The people still remain in the city are wary of resumption of the war since the sounds of the gun and artillery fires rocked the capital last night.

It is not yet clear who started the fire but the Ethiopians are reported to have fired artillery rounds from the presidential palace targeting on the positions of the fighters.

Four of the fired rockets slammed on the villages near the soccer stadium in the capital but no human casualty has been reported.

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