UN: UN says 18 people killed, 60 injured in north-central Somalia

New York, US (PANA) - Some 18 people have been killed and 60 injured in the ongoing fighting in Gaalkacyo, Somalia, in the last two weeks, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Monday.

OCHA also reported that more than 75,000 people have been displaced, though local authorities have indicated that the number could be higher as more people continue to flee the violence.

An update on the situation in Gaalkacyo, which is in the north-central part of the country, stated that local authorities estimate that some 20 per cent of the fatalities and injuries were from stray bullets, and 60 per cent of the internally displaced (IDPs) in north Gaalkacyo face secondary displacement.

The update, made available to PANA in New York, noted that approximately 40,000 people have faced secondary displacement and have moved to the outskirts of the town.

"Almost a year ago, the political leadership at the Federal level and the regional bodies such as the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) launched successful efforts towards a cessation of hostilities.They promise to bring peace this time as well," it said.

An assessment conducted by humanitarian agencies and local authorities reported no civilians currently within the fighting perimeter. However, the lack of progress to establish peace in the region has been stressed by the locals.

It also reported fresh clashes on Monday.

Stressing the need for urgent humanitarian aid, it stated that all the resources previously deployed would no longer be enough if people continue to flee their homes.

"Humanitarian partners report 13 IDP settlements in south Gaalkacyo and eight more in the north of the city abandoned.The displaced people are in need of shelters, food, water and sanitation services, and protection, and with the Deyr rainy season under way, many displaced persons – 80 per cent of whom are women, children and elderly will be effected by potential natural hazards, such as flooding.

"There is also little or no access to the port of Bossaso due to the fighting, which has affected Gaalkacyo’s livestock and trade. In addition, all schools remain closed due to the violence, which has affected more than 20,000 students.

"The danger of the armed conflict and concerns about staff safety have prevented humanitarian agencies from easily moving around the area to assist the population, resulting in a limited movement of humanitarian supplies," OCHA stated.
-0-  PANA  AA/AR  24Oct2016

24 october 2016 18:45:11

xhtml CSS