At least 11 people have been killed, and around a further 50,000 people displaced, following clashes between two semi-autonomous regions of Somalia.
Clashes between two semi-autonomous regions of Somalia this week have killed at least 11 people and displaced around 50,000, the United Nations said on Friday, stoking concerns the violence could escalate.
Clashes have been intensifying between forces loyal to the semi-autonomous regions of Puntland and forces from the semi-autonomous Galmudug region. The two sides are fighting in the town of Galkayo, which is divided between clan militias loyal to the different regions.
“The armed violence has exacerbated an already fragile humanitarian situation … especially for IDPs (internally displaced people) who continue to live in deplorable conditions and makeshift structures,” the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement.
The statement said 11 people had been killed in the fighting so far, citing local officials.
Hirsi Yusuf Barre, the mayor of Galkayo south, said three members of their Galmudug militia had been killed on Thursday and five injured.
The dispute centered around plans by militia from the north part of town, who are allied with Puntland, to build in the south part of town, he said.