18 June 2009

Somalia: Unreliable Calm Returns to Warring Zones in Mogadishu

Mogadishu — Unreliable calm has returned to the warring zones of the north and south of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Thursday after yesterday's heavy fighting that killed about 40 and injured more than 100.

In Hodan, Waberi, Hawl-wadag and Karan districts, north and south of Mogadishu, in fighting between government and Islamist forces both sides exchanged heavy shelling and gunfire.

The few residents who remained in their houses told Shabelle radio the situation was rather calm this morning, adding that the people have still the fear of more  fighting breaking out once again in the capital.

Most of yesterday's fighting casualties had affected civilians and more displaced people could be seen in many neighborhoods in Hodan, Hawl-wadag and Karan districts early on Thursday morning as they got a chance to leave their houses.

The death toll of the fighting between the Islamist forces and government soldiers was about 40 and injured more than 100 most of them civilians.

Emergency traffic and health officials confirmed the number of injured people who were rushed to the hospitals in Mogadishu.

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