Families flee Mogadishu as tensions heighten

MOGADISHU (SD) – Hundreds of families have today started moving out of their homes following the climbing of political temperature in Somali capital since last Sunday.

The city is inching closer to full-scale fighting as rival sides in Mogadishu are amassing hundreds of fighting in different parts of the capital.

Residents could be seen packing their household items in autorickshaws, public transport vans and private vehicles as many headed towards the outskirts of the city.

 The current displacement takes place in Hodan, Howlwadag, Bondheere, Wardigley districts which are under the control of both the government and the opposition.

Learning institutions, business centres, and restaurants remain shut for the third day in many parts of the city, with most people keeping off the city centre.

UN and foreign missions including US. EU, UK and a host of other countries and blocs expressed concern over the violence witnessed in the last 48 hours in Mogadishu and called for dialogue.

“We have repeatedly warned that the extension of mandates would lead to a political crisis and undermine peace, stability and security in Somalia,” the joint statement read in part. “In the wake of the violence on 25 April, we urge all sides to exercise maximum restraint, resume dialogue, and avoid unilateral actions that may lead to a further escalation.”

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