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HARGEISA, 10 February 2011 (IRIN) – More than 3,000 people have been displaced from settlements in Somaliland’s eastern region of Toghdeer following a five-hour-long battle on 7 February between the Somaliland National Army and clans loyal to the Sool, Sanag and Cayn (SSC) milita group. (more…)

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Source: Agence France-Presse (AFP)

Date: 07 Feb 2011

MOGADISHU — Fighting broke out Monday in a village on the disputed border between Somalia’s northern breakaway states of Puntland and Somaliland, killing eight, officials and witnesses said. (more…)

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HARGEISA, 2 February 2011 (IRIN) – Somalia’s self-declared independent region of Somaliland has experienced an increase in landmine and unexploded ordnance (UXO) explosions in the recent past, with officials calling for mine awareness education in schools, as children have been the main victims. (more…)

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By IRIN

BAIDOA, 12 August 2009 (IRIN) – Isack Abdinor Satar, 80, remembers a green and lush Baidoa, in south-western Somalia, with waterfalls in areas that are now the town’s suburbs.

Over the years, population pressure, drought and changing weather patterns have caused most of these waterfalls and springs to dry up, totally changing the town’s vegetation cover and ushering in perennial water shortages.

“In my youth, water was really available any time, anywhere in town,” Satar said. “Water flowed in different directions from various sources but all these have now dried up. I think drought has seriously affected all water sources in Bay region.” (more…)

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By The New York Times

NAIROBI, Kenya — More than 15 women cleaning the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia, were killed Sunday by a large bomb buried in a pile of garbage, witnesses and hospital officials said.

Mogadishu, the country’s bullet-pocked capital, has seen more than its share of carnage lately as Islamist insurgents wage an intense urban battle against government and Ethiopian forces. But witnesses described an especially grisly and panicked scene on Sunday after a street sweeper accidentally tripped a large roadside bomb. (more…)

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At least seven civilians were killed when Islamist insurgents attacked a joint convoy of Ethiopian and Somali troops, sparking deadly clashes, witnesses said on Monday.

Fifteen others were wounded in the clashes that erupted Sunday in northern Mogadishu’s Towfiq district and spread to others residential zones in the volatile coastal capital, they said.

“Five civilians, including four children, were killed in Gupta neighbourhood when they were hit by an artillery shell. Four of them died in the spot while the fifth one passed away later,” said Abdifatah Mohamed Nur, a resident. (more…)

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