Galkayo – more from Hiiraan – Normalcy has been restored in Galkayo this morning following a day of deadly clashes, according to local residents.
Early on Thursday, at least three people were killed in Galkayo’s Garsoor neighborhood when Puntland and Galmudug forces exchanged gunfire. The trigger of yesterday’s violence remains unknown although both sides of ceased hostilities.
Galmudug and Puntland have a bitter history of violence and have divided the city of Galkayo along a North-South line.
In early November, the fighting climaxed with 29 people killed and more than 50 wounded. Schools were forced to shut down and tens of thousands of civilians were displaced.
The two regions have since signed a ceasefire agreement that was mediated by Dubai that has been welcomed by the people of Galkayo.
They have enjoyed weeks of peace and stability and fear this recent clash will slip them back into a cycle of vicious fighting.