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Preventing violence and ensuring the protection of civilians is paramount. We call for calm and restraint. Tensions must be resolved through de-escalation and dialogue.
MOGADISHU, Somalia – International partners said they are concerned about the violence in Laascaanood resulting in civilian deaths and casualties.
Preventing violence and ensuring the protection of civilians is paramount. We call for calm and restraint. Tensions must be resolved through de-escalation and dialogue," said the statement from the international community.
Reuters reported that at least 20 people have been killed in Somalia's breakaway region of Somaliland in clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces over several days.
Protesters are demanding that Somaliland cede control of the town to Puntland and also accuse security forces of failing to end insecurity in the town.
On Saturday, Puntland state vice president Ahmed Karaash who hails from Sool region headed to Las Anod, where Somaliland troops are clashing with residents protesting against targeted killings.