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13/09/08 (B465) Shabelle / Des troupes islamistes prennent position dans la ville de Beledweyne, sana aucune résistance, après le retrait des troupes éthiopiennes, qui l’occupaient. Somali Islamists penetrate town after troop’s withthrow (En Anglais – Info lecteur – En Anglais)

Somalia insurgents have occupied Beledweyne, a town in central Somalia without resistance from army after the Ethiopian troops were in the town have pulled out to the outside of the town on Saturday morning.

Residents say hundreds of masked armed militia to have arrived in the town as soon as the Ethiopian troops went towards Jantakundishe area in the exterior of the town.

The group has refused to recognize a Djibouti ceasefire signed between government and one Islamist leader, saying they would continue with attacks until Ethiopian troops have left the country.

Some of the residents in the town, said that the insurgents have set up a base camp in town’s central police station, while it has taken over administration of town.

Government forces reportedly fled Beledweyne from the town, the headquarter of Hiran region.

Somalia’s transitional administration was formed in 2004 with help of United Nations, but it has failed to assert real control. After Islamic militants seized control of Mogadishu and most of southern Somalia, the government called in troops from Ethiopia in December 2006 to oust them.

Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew Dictator Mohamed Siad Barre and turned on each other.

13/09/08 (B465) Shabelle / L’UIC affirme avoir déployé des effectifs islamistes pour séparer les clans somaliens en lutte …Islamists say they deployed troops between warring clans

The Islamic courts union has announced that they’ve started maneuvers regarding bringing to halt deadly clan fighting erupted neighboring regions fences.

The UIC military operations spokesman Sheikh AbdiRahin Isse Addow told Shabelle that they’ve deployed Islamist fighters between the two warred militias to prevent from additional fighting in the next-door regions.

“We sent forces there to separate the two warring Somalis, its deplorable Somalis to fight within them while the enemy is brawny in our motherland” Isse said.

An elder in Eldher village where the battle erupted told Shabelle that at least eleven people have been killed in the fighting.

“Most of the deaths were the result of a series of hit and run attacks between the Hawadle and Abgal clans” the elder who declined to disclose his name said.

Traditional tensions in the area over scarce water and pasture have been exacerbated by hyperinflation and drought.

El Dhere village locates between middle Shabelle and Hiran region and its 330 kilometers (205 miles) north of the capital.

Elders in the region have intervened the violence and were trying to negotiate peace.

Somalia has been without a central administration since the downfall of the former military government of Siad Barrie in 1991.More than 500,000 people have died in fierce wars, millions displaced in the country and hundreds of thousands have sought refuge in foreign nations since then.

13/09/08 (B465) Shabelle. Des soldats gouvernementaux somaliens volent l’aide alimentaire destinée aux familles en détresse, en ouvrant le feu, pour décourager les « réclamations » populaires. TFG soldiers rob food aid for the needy (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

Government soldiers on Friday redoubled the robbery they have been committing against civilians.

The increasing acts of robbery in Mogadishu are committed by government soldiers, particularly the military who have redoubled their acts of robbery against the residents of Banaadir Region.

The Dabka junction has been the scene of widespread robbery yesterday and today against Lorries carrying food aid.

The latest robbery took place this morning in the area when the soldiers attacked lorries ferrying food aid.

During the robbery the soldiers opened fire indiscriminately, causing panic among the passersby, according to what an area resident told Shabelle.

The violence cast a pall over tentative, U.N.-brokered peace talks between the interim government and opposition exiles that was signed in Djibouti.

The Islamists behind near-daily ambushes and roadside bombs are the remnants of an Islamist movement that was ousted by the government and its Ethiopian allies at the start of last year.

The leaders of that group, and other critics of President Abdullahi Yusuf, have since moved to Ethiopia’s arch-foe Eritrea and formed the Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia.

They had repeatedly refused to meet government officials until Ethiopian troops left Somali soil. But last month they dropped that demand and agreed to send delegates to Djibouti although some islamists including Alshabab and UIC have refused to participate the peace talks.

13/09/08 (B465) XINHUA / Dix morts dans les combats entre clans au centre de la Somalie (Info lectrice)

Dix personnes ont été tuées et plusieurs autres blessées vendredi, le deuxième jour des affrontements entre les miliciens de deux clans rivaux au centre de la Somalie, ont rapporté des témoins et les médias locaux.

Les affrontements ont éclaté à la frontière entre le Moyen Shabelle et les régions du Hiran au centre de la Somalie. Il a été confirmé que ces dernières 24 heures, près de dix personnes ont été tuées dans les combats entre les nomades qui vivent dans les villages à la frontière entre les deux régions, a rapporté la radio Shabelle à Mogadiscio.

Les combats ont débuté à la suite d’une dispute sur la possession des terres pastorales et des ressources aquatiques qui continuent de diminuer dans la région. Les pluies seraient rares dans les régions situées au centre de la Somalie et des clans se battent pour un petit nombre de puits dans les villages dont l’eau est aussi en train de s’épuiser. Les personnes âgées de la région ont appelé les organismes locaux et internationaux d’aide à assister les régions du Moyen Shabelle, de Hiran, de Galgadud et Mudug situées au centre de la Somalie.

Par ailleurs, dans le sud du pays, dans la ville de Baidoa, des bandits armés ont abattu le chef de la cour d’appel régionale dans la zone administrative de Bay. Des rumeurs provenant de Baidoa, le siège du parlement de transition, font état de ce que des hommes armés de pistolet mènent des tueries dans la ville.

Baidoa, à 250 km au sud-ouest de Mogadiscio, a été relativement stable mais il y a eu récemment une augmentation des attaques sur des cibles du gouvernement somalien et les bases des troupes éthiopiennes et somaliennes dans la ville.

13/09/08 (B465) Press TV : Le Président de la Cour suprême, sans protection militaire est tué par six tireurs masqués et non identifiés. Somali Supreme Court chairman killed (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

Sheikh Mohamed Matukade, the Chairman of the Supreme Court for the Bay and Bakool in Somalia’s Baidoa region is killed by unknown gunmen.

Six armed men, covering their faces with masks, attacked Matukade at a marketplace in Baidoa town on Friday a Press TV correspondent reported from Somalia.

The gunmen sprayed Matukade with bullets and fled the area. The Somali officials died at the scene, where no government soldier was present at the time.

Somalia has been without an effective central government since President Siad Barre was overthrown in 1991. Since then, the African state has been plagued with ensuing clashes between the insurgents and Ethiopian-backed forces of the transitional government.

13/09/08 (B465) Press TV : LES USA ont proposé 7 millions de Dollars aux pirates pour pouvoir monter à bord d’un vaisseau iranien récemment arraisonné et pour le fouiller (Inspecter ?). Les pirates réserveraient leur décision, mais ils seraient sur le point d’accepter le marché. US offers pirates $7m bribe for Iran ship entry (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

The US has offered USD 7m to the pirates, who hijacked an Iranian ship in the Gulf of Aden, to receive entry permission and search the vessel.

The hijackers have yet to respond to the USD 7m offer, but a source close to the pirates told Press TV that the pirates are likely to accept the bribe and allow the Americans onboard the vessel.

The US the naval fleet off the Somali coast alleges that The Iran Diyanat was carrying ‘uranium and chemical weapons’.

Iran’s shipping company, however, has declared that the Iranian bulk carrier hired by a German company had no weapons or uranium on board and was carrying 42,500 tons of minerals and industrial products.

Ibrahim Mohammad-Nabi, Deputy CEO of Iran’s shipping company also confirmed that no Russian or Syrian nationals were aboard the vessel, rejecting claims made by another Puntland minister that an international crew operates the ship.

Pirates have stepped up attacks on merchant vessels in the Gulf of Aden, as Somalia’s current transitional government has failed to shackle the pirates in the key commercial shipping lane.