Belet Xaawo, Gedo (Southwest)
Belet Xaawo has been relatively calm following heavy fighting between pro-Transitional Federal Government (TFG) forces and Al Shabaab on 18 and 21 October. On 27 October, sporadic shooting by Al Shabaab targeting TFG forces, was reported. No civilian casualties were reported. Displacement figures remain unclear, but various estimates indicate that between 65 – 80 percent of the population in Belet Xaawo has been displaced. Access remains a key concern for aid workers in the area.
During the reporting week, commercial trucks from Mogadishu via Baidoa to Gedo region are reported to have stopped at Baidoa for fear of being caught in the fight and also due to heavy rains that have rendered roads impassable. This may lead to an increase in food prices in Belet Xaawo in the coming days that would jeopardize the coping mechanisms of the local population.
Rab Dhuure, Bakool (West)
On 26 October, heavy fighting erupted in Rab Dhuure town between Al Shabaab and TFG/Ethiopian forces, leaving an unknown number of people displaced. Tension is still reportedly high in the area as more fighting is anticipated.
Mogadishu was relatively calm during the reporting week apart from sporadic clashes between government and opposition forces. UNHCR estimates that 50,900 people have been displaced from Mogadishu since 23 August. Of the displaced, 30,100 have left Mogadishu while roughly 20,800 have relocated to relatively safer areas in Mogadishu.