14 January 2010

Somalia: Unreliable Calm Returns to Beledweyn Town

Somalia — Unreliable calm has returned to Beledweyn town in Hiran region on Thursday morning after four days of continuous clashes between the rival sides in the town which caused more casualties of deaths, injuries and loss of properties

Though the situation of the town is different as it was over the past four days, the people remaining in the town have still the fears of possible fighting that breaks out between the two sides who are remaining their war zones and military bases in the town in central Somalia.

At least 5 people were killed and more 10 others wounded in yesterdays' fighting. Most of those people were civilians who affected the bullets exchanging the two sides in the town.

Liq-Liqato, is a bride that separates the neighborhoods of west and east of Beledweyn town and is where the troops of both Islamist fighters of Hizbul Islam and Ahlu Sunna Waljama'a could be seen firing sporadic bullets which the residents are causing to continue their displacement from whole the town due to the fears of the heavy weapons.

25 people were killed and 60 more others were wounded during the 5 days fighting that continued in Beledweyn town in Hiran region and reports from the town say that most of the injuries were taken to the main hospital of the town.

The largest displacement for ever since had happened in Beledweyn town as the clashes continued over the past four days as heavy shelling were still landing in more different neighborhoods in the town.

Residents said that the people were still fleeing to the rural area of the town and it is unknown what the situation of the town would remain as each side of the fighting are yet amassing troops to achieve the control of the town.

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