The renewed heavy fighting between Puntland and Galmudug security forces in the city, which erupted on Saturday, has resulted in 18 deaths and over 30 injuries.

MaliHowever, residents said businesses were still shut in Galkayo town amid heavy presence of security officers who are patrolling the deserted streets. No clashes have been reported in the past two days.

Somali government delegation led by Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke arrived in the town on Sunday to help broker a peace deal.

Meanwhile, Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has called for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire in the wake of clashes between the Puntland and Galmudug administrations in Galkayo.

“It is a tragedy of the highest order to see the continuation of unnecessary bloodshed of the Somali people in the recent clashes in Galkayo. The fighting should stop and all disputes resolved through peaceful negotiation,” Mohamud said in a statement issued in Mogadishu on Tuesday.

The president has sent condolences to the families and the relatives of those who were killed or wounded in the conflict.

“On behalf of the Federal Government of Somalia, and personally, I express my deepest concern and heartfelt sadness and disbelief I feel, when I see or hear the deaths and displacement of Somali people in yet another unnecessary fight,” he said.

“All our efforts should be in encouraging people to participate meaningfully in the reconstruction of our country, not wasting their lives in fighting.” Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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