10 May 2009

Somalia: Large Displacement Starts in Mogadishu

Mogadishu — Large displacement has started in the warring zones of Wardhigley and Yaqshid districts in the Somali Capital Mogadishu as heavy fighting is continuing for the fourth day in Mogadishu, witnesses said on Sunday.

Many displaced people including children carrying their belongings on their head could be seen coming out from the neighborhoods of both Wardhigley and Yaqshid districts in Mogadishu and the industrial street.

Reports say that there is lack of public transportation in the area of the fighting where hundreds of civilians were trapped overnight as the opposing sides were exchanging heavy gunfire.

Residents said that it is the first time that such large displacement happens in the capital since the Ethiopian troops left the country after two years of ill-fated occupation.

Some of the displaced people told Shabelle radio that they were very frightened as mortars were falling on their residences.

The displacement comes as heavy fighting between Islamists is continuing the fourth day in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

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