Somalia: 7 killed in Galkayo fighting a day after ceasefire
At least seven fighters from both sides were killed and over a dozen others wounded after heavy fighting erupted in Galkayo, a city in central Somalia that straddles the boundaries of Puntland and Galmudug regional states.
The fighting reportedly erupted in Galkayo’s western district, where Puntland authorities are constructing an animal quarantine center, which sparked the fighting with Galmudug forces.
The city of Galkayo has been in a state of conflict since fighting initially began on October 7th, with both sides receiving reinforcements and compelling some 75,000 civilians to flee Galkayo.
UAE-mediated ceasefire falters
The government of the United Arab Emirates invited the leaders of Somalia’s five regional states – Puntland, Jubaland, Southwest, Galmudug and Hirshabelle – for talks in Abu Dhabi
The talks centered around the 2016 electoral process and concluded with a five-point joint statement by Puntland and Galmudug leaders, agreeing to an immediate ceasefire, calling for the return of families who fled Galkayo, and to nominate a joint committee to oversee a final peace deal.
However, within 48 hours, the ceasefire was broken and Galkayo witnessed some of the heaviest fighting in months.