Belet Weyne (Hiraan)
On 9 January, fighting erupted in Belet Weyne town in Central Somalia between Hisbul Islam and Ahlu Sunna Wal (ASW). Daily clashes between the two sides continued unabated until 14 January, with stray shells from the warring functions hitting residential areas. Field reports indicate that at least 30 people were killed while more than 50 others were injured, the majority of whom were civilians. Unconfirmed numbers of people have been displaced.
On 12 January, the main hospital in Belet Weyne was hit by a mortar shell and two employees from the medical aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) were injured. In a statement issued by MSF on 15 January, the Head of the MSF Mission stated "Fortunately they were not seriously hurt, but we once again want to remind combatants in Somalia to respect health structures, patients and medical staff and ask them to allow MSF to bring in more desperately needed medical supplies by air and road."
Dhuusamarreeb (Galgaduud) and Response
The people that fled the fighting in Dhuusamarreeb on 2 January following clashes between AWS and Al Shabaab remain displaced. Field reports indicate that the number of displaced people is much higher than first estimated (6,600 people). Humanitarian partners on the ground are now saying that some 40,000 to 60,000 people fled the town between 2 and 3 January.
On 12 January, the fighting spread to two villages in Ceel Buur district where an estimated 16 people were killed and 32 others where injured. Reportedly, the two villages were captured by ASW.
There have been no further reports of casualties from health partners in the area, with a total of 81 reported injuries and 150 deaths. WHO has provided a trauma kit to health partners in Ceel Buur town where some displaced populations are. The kit has sufficient supplies for 100 surgical procedures. WHO continues to follow-up closely with heath partners in Galgaduud to provide assistance, including transportation of partners' supplies.
Media reports indicate that at least 10 people, including seven children who were playing soccer, were killed on 13 January in Mogadishu following retaliatory shelling of a residential area by Transitional Federal Government/ African Union forces against insurgents.
On 12 January, at least 25 children were wounded while 170 huts were burnt in a fire at a Mogadishu school in Wadajir district. Reports indicate that the fire started at a nearby house.
UNHCR says that some 13,000 people have been displaced from Mogadishu since 1 January, with 10,300 having moved out the city, while 2,700 others have sought refuge in relatively safer areas of Mogadishu.
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