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Government forces advance towards Guriel as civilian displacement ensues

The Somali National Army (SNA) and Galmudug forces have moved out of their bases between Eldhere and Guriel, approaching Guriel Airport, the headquarters of the Ahlu Sunna militia in region.

The Federal and Regional forces officials say their plan is to prevent any civilian casualties as the militants dig in around their homes.

Guriel Elders who met with Ahlu Sunna Waljama’a (ASWJ) several time, said that the group had refused to allow the government forces and administration to enter the town.

Some businesses in Guriel district are completely closed today, with some traders saying that they fear fighting is imminent in the district.

Ahlu Sunna forces have set up defenses inside and outside Guriel district, in the event of an attack by government and Galmudug forces, and hundreds of families have been displaced.

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