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Aid Workers Suspend Operations As Somaliland, Puntland Row Deepens
Issue 298
Front Page
Index
Headlines

Somaliland’s Armed Forces Chief Says, “We Are Determined To Secure S/land Borders”

S/land Foreign Affairs Minister Appoints New Representatives

Somaliland Will Close Its Borders, By Peace Or War

''Somalia's President Yusuf Loses His Grip on Power''

Uganda Envoy Brokering Somali Peace As Five Killed In Mogadishu

Breaking into even smaller bits?

European Union - The Grand Experiment

U.S. Congressmen Support Sanctions On Ethiopia

Hirsi Ali Returns to the Netherlands after Losing Body Guards

Regional Dimensions of the Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation in the "Ogaden," Somalia, and Beyond - Testimony of Dr. J. Peter Pham

Dangerous Crossroads: US Sponsored War Games

Greece struggles to curb influx of illegal immigrants

America's Energy Wars - A New Front - Africa

Regional Affairs

Aid Workers Suspend Operations As Somaliland, Puntland Row Deepens

Somaliland newspaper’s provincial correspondent held by police for past four days

Editorial
Special Report

International News

The Sino-Russian Alliance: Challenging America's Ambitions in Eurasia

Toronto Woman Jailed In Somalia For Refusing Marriage, Say Friends

Racism Forces Somalis Off Estate

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

The Anglo-Somali War 1901-1920 or "How to get rid of a rebel"

The Past, Through The Looking-Glass

Experts divided on local presence of chewable drug khat in Fort McMurray

Sleeping Sickness One Of Africa’s Most Serious Development Constraints

Susceptibility To The Partition

Gucci shoes, a bag of rice, and an AK-47 - you won't believe the price

Somalis live in fear as alleged killer freed

Olympics not too Farah away

Somali novelist Farah tops Frankfurt's Africa literary list - Feature

Food for thought

Opinions

TFG Vs. Somaliland Showdown In Disputed Sool Region

Will KULMIYE Usher New Political Direction Or Remain Eclipsed By The Feuding Of Its Leaders?

“Sheik” Hassan Jaami’s Plagiarized Article Exposed

JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN SOMALILAND

The Laas-Canood And Buhoodle
Situations

Debunking the Mystery Surrounding the NSPU

Is Kulmiye Destroying Somaliland's Pastoral Democracy?

The Last Ten Nights Of Ramadan


Nairobi, October 5, 2007 – Tensions between Somalia's self-declared republic of Somaliland and the autonomous region of Puntland have risen, prompting some aid workers to temporarily leave the area, an NGO said.

The German Agro Action organization has temporarily withdrawn its staff from Burao, Erigavo and Borama, where clashes between militias and troops from the two territories have claimed 10 lives over the past few days.

"The conflict has been building up for a long time; but outbreaks of fighting have now become extremely serious," said Peter Sass, head of the NGO's office in Burao, the capital of Puntland.

The clashes were partly caused by a dispute over water in Los Anod town, Sool region, said German Agro Action. Both territories claim the town, although it has been held by Puntland forces since December 2003.

On 17 September, forces from the two territories clashed in Abeseoley near Los Anod, forcing scores of families to flee their homes.

Ahmed Aden Arab, the Puntland deputy minister for local government, blamed Somaliland forces for starting the shelling but Somaliland spokesman Said Adani dismissed the accusation.

Sool and Sanag regions fall within the borders of pre-independence British Somaliland, but most of the area's inhabitants, the Warsangeli and Dhulbahante communities, who are members of the larger Darod clan, are associated with residents of Puntland.

"The risk of continuing our work under these conditions is simply too high," Sass said. "We hope to be able to restart our work soon."

Source: UN Integrated Regional Information Network

 


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