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20 killed, 40 injured in Somalia clashes
Sat, 12 Mar 2011 00:45:57 GMT
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Al-Shabab fighters display the body of a Burundian soldier from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) who was killed during clashes in Mogadishu on February 24, 2011.
The latest round of fighting for control of Somalia has left at least 20 people dead and 40 injured.

More than 20 fighters lost their lives and a dozen others were wounded on Thursday when clashes broke out between al-Shabab fighters and the rival Ahlu Sunna Waljama'a group in villages in central Somalia, seriously damaging the villages of Ceel-lahelay and God-durwa in the Galgadud region.

Clashes continued early on Friday in the Mogadishu districts of Hodan, Dayniile, and Yaqshid as the two sides exchanged heavy fire with assault weapons and fired barrages of mortar shells.

Medics confirmed that at least 28 civilians were injured when they got caught in the crossfire, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

Over the past two decades, up to one million people have lost their lives in the fighting between rival factions and due to famine and disease.

There are more than 1.4 million internally displaced people (IDPs) in Somalia. More than 300,000 of them are sheltering in Mogadishu alone.

Most of the displaced live in poor and degrading conditions on makeshift sites in southern and central Somalia, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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