Bosaso (WDN)- Calm has returned to Bosaso, the Puntland’s major coastal town after days of confrontation and fighting between government forces -Daraawiish and the US trained special forces known PSF who fight extremists.
This calm followed an appeal and efforts carried out by the traditional leaders, Civil Society organizations and various social groups, an agreement was reached from both sides on a cease fire and the separation of the fighting forces. Nevertheless the people are still fleeing, of not having confidence that if the agreed cease fire can hold and last for long time.
The fighting between the two sides has caused casualties on the warring sides and civilians as well as considerable property damage to the town. It has also led to civilian displacements seeking safety wherever they can.
As a result of the fighting, the port is also closed which is vital for its trade for Puntland, the rest of Somalia and Somali region in Ethiopia.
The root cause of the crisis lies a decree issued by the president of Puntland, Said Abdullahi Deni, when on November 24th he announced to have replaced the head of PSF, Mohamoud Osman, who in his turn refused to accept the President’s action. The ensuing stalemate between them led to open armed conflict.
Although calm has for now returned to the city, it remains all the same tense and fragile as no formal agreement has been reached.