From: Berhane Habtemariam (Berhane.Habtemariam@gmx.de)
Date: Sun Nov 09 2008 - 07:12:44 EST
Somalia: Mogadishu "No ceasefire" battles continue
The attacks on Sunday came as Mogadishu remained in the grip of heavy fighting for the two last days with reports of explosions every few minutes in the areas close to the irport where African union peacekeepers based.
This has left the ceasefire with only a small pocket of support in the country according to political analysts.
In the latest fighting, the two sides pounded each other with heavy machine-gun fire, rockets, artillery and mortars as fighting nearly all rocked south of the capital and Florence junction near the main Bakara market.
It's yet unknown the causalities of the latest battles.
Insurgents also carried attacks on bases of Somali government forces and their Ethiopian allies in south of Mogadishu while the Ethiopian and Somali troops responded with heavy artillery fire that landed in different residential areas in the coastal city particularly in and around the volatile Bakara market.
The attacks come as the restive Somali capital and the surrounding regions witnessed relative calmness in recent days. By: Abdi Guled
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