A security officer is seen at the scene of a large explosion near a check point in Mogadishu, Somalia, 28 December 2019. A source at a hospital said that the death toll has risen to at least 76 in what is believed to have been a car bombing. The explosion rocked an area near the junction called Ex-Control Afgoye, in a southwestern suburb of the capital Mogadishu. EPA/SAID YUSUF WARSAME
A security officer is seen at the scene of a large explosion near a check point in Mogadishu, Somalia, 28 December 2019. A source at a hospital said that the death toll has risen to at least 76 in what is believed to have been a car bombing. The explosion rocked an area near the junction called Ex-Control Afgoye, in a southwestern suburb of the capital Mogadishu. EPA/SAID YUSUF WARSAME

The UN humanitarian agency on Tuesday called for the protection of about 56,000 civilians displaced by clashes between the Somali government and regional Jubaland forces in the southern part of the country.

Adam Abdelmoula, humanitarian coordinator for Somalia called on warring parties to a ceasefire following the standoff which started early February in Gedo, Jubaland State.

On Monday, heavy fighting between Somali government troops and former Jubaland security minister Janan forces broke out in Bulla-Hawa district of Gedo region.

The government wants to arrest Jubaland minister, who was accused of “serious crimes” and is believed to be holed up near the common border.

The Somali forces claimed that the attacks are to get rid of al-Shabab militants, but the Jubaland president Ahmed Mohamed has disputed these claims.

The UN said the initial clashes of Feb. 7 and the escalating tensions that led to more hostilities on March 2 have resulted in large-scale displacement of civilians.

The UN estimates that some 2.6 million people are currently displaced within Somalia as a result of ongoing conflict and recurring climatic shocks. Enditem

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