Erigavo May 15, 2023 (SD) – News coming from Sanaag region reports that Somaliland troops defected to Puntland forces and joined them on the outskirts of Erigavo, a town in the region located in eastern Somaliland.
The troops arrived with battle vehicles, resulting in Puntland forces taking over the outskirts of Erigavo where the Somaliland troops were previous based.
Reports indicate that the troops also took control of the Shimbiraale area, located on the outskirts of Erigavo, before retreating back to Puntland.
The commander of Puntland’s Darwish forces, Brigadier General Hussein Dheere, officially confirmed the presence of his troops in the area and welcomed them to the fold.
There has been no official statement from Somaliland regarding the defection, and it is clear why the troops were heading to Erigavo and what they were planning to do there.
This comes amid tensions between the two sides, following the recent conflict in the city of Las Anod in the Sool region, where both Somaliland and SSC forces alongside Puntland.
The situation remains tense in the area, and there are fears that the conflict may escalate further.
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