Somalia : Somaliland Ends Ceasefire as Fighting Erupts in Laascaanood
Laascaanood, Sool: Tensions continue to rise in the region as heavy fighting erupted yesterday in Laascaanood, resulting in numerous casualties and injuries, according to credible sources who spoke to Garowe Online. Somaliland forces reportedly attacked the city, while SSC forces defended themselves against the attack, leading to a prolonged battle that lasted until dusk.
The exact number of casualties from both sides remains unknown; however, there are reports of shelling by Somaliland forces on the city, causing civilian deaths. In response to the conflict, the Somaliland administration has released a statement indicating that their forces will carry out attacks, effectively putting the recently announced ceasefire by President Muse Bihi Abdi into the end.
The ongoing conflict between the inhabitants of the SSC regions and Somaliland has resulted in over 500 deaths and the displacement of approximately 200,000 people from the Sool regional capital.
The ceasefire, which has not been officially implemented by Somaliland troops, has placed considerable pressure on the Somaliland administration by the international community.
The recent conflict in Laascaanood emphasizes the need for urgent action to prevent further escalation of violence in the region. A lasting solution to the conflict can only be achieved through genuine efforts towards reconciliation, dialogue, and a commitment to finding a peaceful solution that benefits all parties involved.