03/09/07 (B411) SH Network : Violents combats dans la nuit en Somalie – Heavy fighting erupts overnight in Somali Capital. (Info lecteur – En Anglais)

Mogadishu 02, Sept.07 ( Sh.M.Network) A heavy fighting broke out in Mogadishu late last night and in this fighting both the fighting groups exchanged different kinds of weapons including rocket propel grenades, motors , and both heavy and light machine guns.

The actual place where this confrontation happened was around the textile and milk factories. This fighting was between the government forces and the opposing groups who attacked the military bases in these places.

The number of casualties could not be verified because it was in the mid of the night.

When Shabelle Media Net Work contacted this morning the police spokes person Mr. Abdu Wahid informed Shabelle that unknown groups attacked government forces garrisons and in response the government forces defended themselves.

Mr. Abdu Wahid also said that in their side they got no lose at all, and search operations are under way in the scene of last nights fight.

However day after day the attacks carried by the armed groups against the government forces is rising

The troubles that were happening in the city for the past one week claimed the lives of 20 people.

01/09/07 (B411) SH Network. Le Gouvernement somalien « démissionne » par décret, son propre ambassadeur en Ethiopie, sans que l’on en connaisse les véritables motivations – Somali govt. sacks its ambassador to Ethiopia (En Anglais – info lecteur)

Somalia transitional federal government has issued a decree sacking its ambassador to Ethiopia.

The Ambassador, Abdi Kariin Laqanyo had been also representing Somali the envoy to African union in Addis Abba.

According to the government spokesman, Abdi Haji Gobdon, the government has appointed a new ambassador to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, after the former ambassador had been stripped his ambassadorial duty.

Adding that his government has transferred Mr.Abdi Karin Farah Laqanyo to another country, but the spokesman did mention where the former Ambassador appointed to.

The decree sacking the emissary comes as the government appointed Yusuf Nur to be the news ambassador to Ethiopia as Abdi Haji Gob don told Radio Shabelle.

It is unclear why the ambassador was fired.

30/08/07 (B410) SH NETWORK : des affrontements aux fusils automatiques et aux mortiers, les plus importants depuis quelques jours, ont éclaté dans la Capitale somalienne. Le congrés de réconcialiation a terminé ses débats « marathon » – Heavy clashes breaks out in Somalia Capital. (Info lecteur – En Anglais)

Mogadishu 29, August.07 ( Sh.M.Network) Fierce gun battle has broken out this evening in some parts of Mogadishu particularly in Hodan district in Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia.

The sound of mortars and automatic rifles echoed through some parts of the capital tonight.

According Some Hodan residents the exchange of mortars and RPG (rocked Propelled grenades) could be heard through all parts of Hodan district, like KPP neighborhood to Suqa khudarta (vegetable market) At Bakara market, and its surrounding areas.

The gun battle is believed to be the heaviest according to the previous nights,

“The deafening noises is terrifying us” told radio Shabelle through phone by a resident who lives where he fighting currently taking place,

None knows the exact casualties of the skirmishes.

The areas that now began the fighting have been positioned by the Govt. troops in an effort to tighten the security while there are high level delegates who are due to arrive in Mogadishu to participate to the closure of the ongoing Somali peace reconciliation congress in Mogadishu.

This latest fighting coincided as the chairman of the Somali peace reconciliation congress, Ali Mahdi Mohamed announced that the congress would be closed tomorrow.

27/08/07 (B410) Shabelle NetWork / Des attaques à la grenade, par des inconnus armés, visent les troupes éhiopiennes / Somalia: Grenade Blasts Target Ethiopian Soldiers in Mogadishu (En Anglais – info lecteur)

Unknown gunmen carried out an ambush attack on an Ethiopian convoy around Suqa Holaha neighborhood in north of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, in early Saturday.

Witnesses said at least three grenade explosions targeted the Ethiopian forces that left former Maslah military camp for another nearby Ethiopian base in the area.

The first grenade hurled by unknown gunmen hit somewhere closer to the Ethiopian military vehicles as they were exiting from Maslah compound. The troops opened fire at every direction, while two other grenades were hurled at them before they made their way in to former Somalia’s pasta plant where the Ethiopians are based, witnesses said.

A large number of Ethiopian forces backed by tanks and other armored vehicles came out, sealing off the whole area and searching houses near by for the suspected Islamist insurgents.

The commuter buses that used the main road of Suqa Holaha had to pass through the roads of vicinity to ferry passengers to Bakara, Mogadishu’s largest open-air market where most of the capital’s population goes for work to earn their daily bread.

No casualties have been reported.

Meanwhile hundreds of residents in north of the capital fled during July and August after repeated gun battles and bomb attacks that rage between Ethiopian backed Somali troops and suspected Islamist-led insurgents forced people to leave.

The government forces have also been conducting weapons and insurgents search operation there despite the nightly attacks on them.

Government officials said the search operation will continue, stating that they seized a large amount of weapons.

27/08/07 (B410) SHABELLE NetWork Les autorités de l’aviation civile somalienne font annuler tous les vols à destination et vers le Somaliland – Somalia bans flights to Somaliland (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

Mogadishu 26, August.07 ( Sh.M.Network)- The organization of flights and metrology of Somalia abrogated flights from and to Somaliland, as it is mentioned in a written letter produced by this organization and whose signature it appears the general manager of that organization called Mahamud sheikh Ali.

All the flight enroute to the towns of Mogadishu to Hargeisa, Mogadishu to Berbera and Hargeisa to Mogadishu were banned.

This action came after they were unable to abide by the law

25/08/07 (B410) SHABELLE NEWS / Selon l’ONU, le RUANDA entraine des éléments de l’Armée somalienne / Rwanda Provides Training to Somali Army, Says UN (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

Rwanda’s foreign minister says the Rwandan army is providing all the support it can to the Somali national army, but the United Nations needs to do more. Thomas Rippe spoke with Foreign Minister Charles Muligande Thursday in Kigali and filed this report for VOA.

Charles Muligande says Rwanda is providing all the support it can to troubled Somalia. He says it is unable to contribute troops to the African Union mission in Somalia because of its commitments in Darfur. Instead of providing troops, he says Rwanda has accepted a long-term commitment to train Somali forces

Muligande says he hopes this will help the Somali government be more independent.

« A Chinese proverb says, ‘Instead of giving someone a fish you should teach him how to fish.’ And we believe that by training the new national army of Somalia we would be giving probably a better contribution, » he said.

The Rwandan government said earlier the training began in May. Minister Muligande would not comment on the number of troops being trained or when they would be deployed. He says providing aid to other nations is part of the mission of the Rwandan army and police, and is a part of the country’s constitution. He says Rwanda recognizes the importance of promoting peace and security in the East Africa region and around the continent.

« It is also our firm belief that Africa cannot develop unless it has peace and security and stability. And our contribution to these African Union peacekeeping missions are in some way our desire to achieve the African Union vision of building a peaceful, united, integrated and prosperous Africa, » said Muligande.

The minister expressed frustration with the United Nations for not providing the logistical support necessary to get more troops into Somalia. He says many African nations are willing to send troops, but lack the resources to make it happen. The African Union has pledged 8,000 troops, but so far only 1,700 have arrived, all from Uganda.

He also expressed his displeasure over a recent Security Council resolution extending the mandate of the AU mission in Somalia. He says this was a matter for the African Union, not the U.N.

« The U.N. Security Council did not need to extend the mandate of an African mission, » said Muligande. « The African mission was deployed there by the African Union, and could have been there without any U.N. Security Council resolution. What we expected from the U.N. Security Council is that of deciding to play its role and to live up to its responsibility of maintaining peace and security in this world, including Somalia. »

Muligande says Rwanda is committed to contributing as much as its resources allow to help Somalia rebuild.

24/08/07 (B409) Shabelle Network – Un soldat gouvernemental condamné à mort et exécuté dans une école de police, en Somalie, pour le meurtre de l’un de ses camarades. – Somalia: A govt. soldier put to death after murdering a comrade (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

Mogadishu 23, August.07 ( Sh.M.Network)- The Somali armed forces executed a government soldier at former Somalia’s execution field in the army academy "Scool Polizia" alongside the coast of Mogadishu on Thursday.

The soldier was sentenced to death by a Somali martial court after he was proven guilty of deliberately killing a comrade last month, according the police spokesman, Abdiwahid Mohammed Hussein.

He said the private, Farhan Abdi Kulmiye, was shot dead by a squad of the armed forces, while he blindfolded and his hand and legs firmly tied inside School Polizia.

Hussein stated that justice has been served.

Nonetheless, the press has been refused to either make live coverage or take pictures.

21/08/07 (B409) SH NETWORK / Ce mardi : au moins dix blessés civils et un policier, dans 3 explosions de grenades dans Mogadiscio – Somalia: 10 wounded in grenade blasts in Mogadishu (Info lecteur – En Anglais)

At least ten people, including one policeman, have been wounded in separate grenade blasts in south of the capital, Mogadishu, Tuesday.

3 grenade explosions targeted government troops patrolling around Bar Ubah and Blacksea neighborhoods, south of the capital.

Witnesses reported that four civilians and a police officer were hurt in the incidents.

The troops opened fire indiscriminately after the blasts that occurred minutes of one another, according residents. The roads into those areas have been blocked by government forces.

In a similar incident, five civilians have been injured after unknown gunmen hurled a grenade at the base of Somali police in Hmar Jadiid district.

Mohammed Abdulahi, a resident, told Shabelle that the grenade missed the soldiers’ base and landed at a residential home wounding five people inside.

The troops soon sealed off the zone, halting commuter buses from using the main road in Hamar Jadiid.

Medina hospital sources said that 12 people who were wounded explosions have been admitted to the hospital on Tuesday.