Somalia leaders call for hostility cessation in central town
MOGADISHU, Somalia, December 15, 2015 (Garowe Online)-Federal Government of Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke have strongly condemned renewed hostility in central Beledweyne town on Tuesday, Garowe Online reports.
The President called on warring clans to right away abandon conflict, threatening responsible figures with accountability.
“[Clan clashes] must end and those who are involved should know that they will be held accountable,” Mohmud warned.
He decried toll withstood by civilians in his first remarks on the fighting that has led to deaths over the last two days.
On his side, Prime Minister Sharmarke deplored the clan grudges and called armed confrontations ‘unfortunate’.
“It is unfortunate that there is [bloodshed] in Beledweyne at a time when Somali people are deciding on their future. Fighting should be ceased and [parties] must heed peace,” said Prime Minister Sharmarke.
On Monday, at least four people have been reported killed in the clan clashes while over a dozen others were wounded.