Somali clan clashes kill more than 40 in two days

Clashes between rival clans have resulted in the deaths of 40 people in northern Somalia. Above, the aftermath of a truck bomb in Mogadishu. (Reuters)
Updated 24 October 2018
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Somali clan clashes kill more than 40 in two days

  • The clashes began early Tuesday and continued on Wednesday around remote villages in the Sool region between militias from rival Darod sub-clans
  • The region has long been disputed between the breakaway state of Somaliland and the semi-autonomous Somali state of Puntland

MOGADISHU: Clashes between rival clans have killed more than 40 people in two days in a disputed region of northern Somalia, one of the worst such confrontations seen in the area, local officials and elders said.
The clashes began early Tuesday and continued on Wednesday around remote villages in the Sool region between militias from rival Darod sub-clans.
“We are calling for a cease-fire from the brotherly clans, this is a serious situation we have more than 40 people killed since yesterday and nearly 100 others are wounded,” Ismail Yasin, a traditional elder from the region, said Wednesday.
Mohamed Abdulahi, a security official in the regional capital Galkayo said the “death toll is nearly 50, this is the deadliest conflict in the area.”
Most of the casualties were reported in the village of Dhumay.
Local elders said the fighting between Dhulbahante militias in the Sool region was still ongoing, with the use of heavy weaponry.
The region has long been disputed between the breakaway state of Somaliland and the semi-autonomous Somali state of Puntland, whose rival forces last clashed in May, leaving dozens dead.
Somalia’s myriad clans — made up of sub-clans and extended networks — are a defining feature of society and identity.
Observers attribute much of the violence in the country since it collapsed into civil war in 1991 to clan rivalries over resources.
The central government in Mogadishu called on both sides to halt hostilities.
“The president of the federal government of Somalia and the prime minister are appealing for the local religious and traditional elders to intervene in the situation and help cease the bloodshed,” the statement said.


May to argue 2nd referendum would violate public trust

Updated 17 December 2018
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May to argue 2nd referendum would violate public trust

LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May is set to condemn calls for a second referendum on Britain’s departure from the European Union, saying it would do irreparable damage to trust in democracy.
In remarks released ahead of her speech in the House of Commons on Monday, May says that staging another referendum “would say to millions who trusted in democracy that our democracy does not deliver.”
She’s also expected to argue that such a ballot would exacerbate divisions rather than heal them.
May’s supporters distanced themselves from media reports that senior figures in her government held talks with opposition Labour lawmakers aimed at holding another vote.
With time growing short toward Britain’s scheduled March 29 departure, it remains unclear whether the country will leave with a deal or crash out with no deal.