Many killed in Somali tribal fighting

At least 12 people are dead and 17 wounded after fierce fighting continued in the central Somali village of Gelinsor.

    Somalia has remained chaotic since 1991

    Friday's toll raised the number of dead to 40 after two days of fighting, village elders said.

    "At least 12 people were killed after heavy shelling on Friday afternoon," Ahmad Muhammad, an elder, said.

    "The forces did not engage in direct fighting like they did on Thursday, but they occasionally fought in the area by using heavy machine guns and also there was artillery and mortar shelling," he said.

    "A huge number of civilians fled the area and have gone to neighbouring and relatively peaceful villages," Ahmed Haji Hasan, from nearby Bandira-Ley village, said.

    On Thursday, at least 28 people were killed and 74 wounded in clashes as a result of fighting in the same village.

    "A huge number of civilians fled the area and have gone to neighbouring and relatively peaceful villages"

    Ahmed Haji Hassan,
    local elder

    Local residents said the clashes were linked to the early November killing of five elders from the Sulayman sub-clan by gunmen from the rival Sa'ad sub-clan.

    A new Somali cabinet was announced in Nairobi earlier in the week. The new administration is designed to fill a 13-year-old power vacuum in the war-torn Horn of Africa state.

    Power struggle

    Since the 1991 fall of dictator Muhammad Siad Barri, Somalia has lacked an effective central government and any form of national security forces, leaving the country's numerous clans and sub-clans to fight it out.

    More than two years of talks in Kenya between commanders, elders, civil society leaders and academics have produced many of the building blocks of change. It is hoped they will lead to Somalia's first effective government since Barri's ousting.

    Somaliland is located to the north
    east of Somalia

    But all these institutions - a parliament, president, prime minister and, as of Wednesday, a cabinet - remain based in Nairobi, because Somalia's own capital, Mogadishu, is still considered too dangerous.

    Meanwhile talks are under way between Somaliland officials and UN Undersecretary for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland.

    Aljazeera's correspondent said talks were being held in Hargeisa and that Egeland would be assessing the situation in nearby refugee camps.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    We dialled more than 35,000 random phone numbers to paint an accurate picture of displacement across South Sudan.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.

    Pakistan's tribal areas: 'Neither faith nor union found'

    Pakistan's tribal areas: 'Neither faith nor union found'

    Residents of long-neglected northwestern tribal belt say incorporation into Pakistan has left them in a vacuum.