From: Berhane Habtemariam (Berhane.Habtemariam@gmx.de)
Date: Sun Dec 07 2008 - 16:20:12 EST
Somalia: Minister speaks on piracy, dumping of toxins in Somalia waters
The transitional government has stated that it has no power to deal with
Muhammad Ibrahim Habsade, minister of air and land transport and ports, who
was speaking to Mareeg last night, said that the transitional government had
no power to deal with the increasing ability of the Somali pirates, adding
that the government was finding it difficult to ensure security within
cities and towns.
When the minister was asked about foreign ships that dump industrial and
nuclear waste in Somali waters, he said that that was an old story and that
the whole world had turned Somalia waters into a dumping site for its
Somalia: Islamist groups who currently control the town took over the town
Groups opposed to the presence of foreign troops in Somalia and government
forces today shot at Ethiopian troops based at the former Pasta factory in
Mogadishu's Huriwa District. The Ethiopian troops responded by firing back.
The number of casualties is unknown. Local residents panicked after some
rounds of artillery hit neighbourhoods in the district.
The attack comes a day after scores of people were killed in the Suuqa
Xoolaha neighbourhood following heavy shelling by Ethiopian troops based at
the Mogadishu stadium.
Yesterday's attack was condemned by the Banaadir regional administration,
Hawiye clan elders and other members of the society.
Somalia: Ethiopian rebel group denies fighting Al-Shabab in Somalia
An official of the Ogaden National Liberation Front [ONLF] has denied that
they are involved in the fighting which took place in Dobli District in
Lower Jubba Region, southern Somalia.
The ONLF's foreign affairs secretary, Abdirahman Mahdi, speaking to Mareeg
from the UK, said his group is not part of the fighting that broke out in
Dhibley yesterday, adding that they do not have any troops inside Somalia.
The ONLF official said reports implicating ONLF in today's fighting are
false since they do not have any combat forces in Somalia.
He said that ONLF and armed opposition groups in Somalia share a common
enemy which is Ethiopia. Asked whether his group and Al-Shabab have in the
past fought inside the Somali regions of Ethiopia, the ONLF foreign affairs
secretary said it was true that ONLF fought a group inside Ethiopia, but he
is not sure whether they were Al-Shabab or not.
The ONLF official ruled out any plans to attack part of Lower Jubba Region
but added that civilians who come from areas where ONLF is based in Ethiopia
have fled to Djibouti and Somalia but they do not have any combat forces in
He added that claims that the ONLF were involved in today's fighting are
plans to legitimatise an attack on the residents of the area.
Meanwhile, Sultan Abdi Ali Sokor, who is among the traditional elders in
Dobli told Shabeelle that Al-Shabab attacked area residents and that reports
indicating that Al-Shabab has attacked ONLF bases are false.
The statement by the ONLF foreign affairs secretary comes at time when
Al-Shabab has said ONLF, which has a base in the locality of Ali Bulaay,
50km from Dobli, is planning to carry out attacks on Kismaayo, the HQ of
Lower Jubba Region.
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