Laascaanood Erupts in Fighting as Northern Somalia Terminates Ceasefire in Somalia
Heavy fighting broke out in Laascaanood, resulting in numerous casualties and injuries, according to credible sources. Northern Somalia forces launched an attack on the city, but SSC forces defended themselves, leading to a prolonged battle that lasted until dusk. The exact number of casualties from both sides remains unknown. Reports suggest that Northern Somalia forces shelled the city, killing civilians. In response to the conflict, the Northern Somalia administration announced that their forces will carry out attacks, putting an end to the recently announced ceasefire by President Muse Bihi Abdi.
The ongoing conflict between the inhabitants of SSC regions and Northern Somalia has resulted in over 500 deaths and the displacement of approximately 200,000 people from the Sool regional capital. The ceasefire, which has not been officially implemented by Northern Somalia troops, has put considerable pressure on the Northern Somalia administration from the international community.
The recent conflict in Laascaanood highlights the need for urgent action to prevent further escalation of violence in the region. A lasting solution to the conflict can only be achieved through genuine efforts towards reconciliation, dialogue, and a commitment to finding a peaceful solution that benefits all parties involved.