MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
Somali and Africa Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)
forces on Monday launched a massive security operation to flush
out Al-Shabaab militants in Middle Shabelle region in southern
Bagenda, the Commanding Officer of 11 Infantry Battalion of
Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF), said the operation was
launched to also secure main supply routes in the area.
“The purpose of
today’s operation is to ensure that we wipe out the Al-Shabaab
elements in these general areas, and of course as you are aware
that AMISOM is here to support the Somali national security
forces who are already moving ahead of us in this operation,” he
said in a statement issued in Mogadishu.
The operation, which
is conducted jointly with the Somali National Army (SNA) troops,
was launched following information received that Al-Shabaab
militants were destabilizing areas along Afgooye-Balidoogle
road, Afgooye town, mainly around Elasha Biyaha-Mogadishu Road
and surrounding areas of Jambalulu, Baghdad and Basra.
The security forces
have been opening Main Supply Routes blocked by the insurgents
and creating a free and secure environment for the Somali people
Aid agencies have
said the poor state of main supply routes in south-central
Somalia had provided conditions for Al-Shabaab to continue
laying ambushes and use explosive devices against AMISOM convoys
and Somali national security forces.
Bagenda said the
operation will be ongoing to ensure the main supply routes
connecting the region and Mogadishu are secured to allow free
movement of goods and services.
The exercise, he
added, will also improve security in the adjacent areas to
enable residents to live in peace, adding that the soldiers were
committed to securing Somalia and had played a major role in the
“The Somali National
Security Forces, I would say they are on course. Their morale so
far is so high that is why they were able to accept to move
ahead of us and whatever we do is to support them,” he added.
AMISOM has managed
to drive out Al-Shabaab from vast swathes of the country,
including key towns in Somalia.
Five al-Shabaab militants
killed, seven others arrested in Southern Somalia
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
Five Al-Shabaab militants were killed and seven
others arrested in military operations at Basra and Jambalul
locations in Middle and Lower Shabelle regions of southern
Somalia, officials said on Monday.
Commander Omar Dhere said Somali National Army (SNA) conducted
the operations in several areas, mainly Basra near Bal’ad town
in Middle Shabelle region and Jambalul location near Afgoye town
in Lower Shabelle region.
operations continue from the two regions, Middle Shabelle and
Lower Shabelle regions, we killed five Al-Shabaab militants and
captured seven others during the operation. We will end such
operation against terrorist militants successfully in a short
time soon,” Dhere said.
He said the military
operation might be affected by bad weather conditions in the
region. “It’s raining heavily in Middle Shabelle region now but
our soldiers are determined to continue with the operations,” he
There was no
immediate comment from the Al-Shabaab militants who have stepped
up their assault against the government and African Union bases
including hotels and other public places.
“This is a
preliminary military operation of the national plan to fight
terrorist militants in Somalia in which the government
announced. The Somali National Army have liberated several areas
in the two regions so far, and we are committed to fight with
them,” SNA Commander Abdulahi Ali Anod said.
The latest operation
comes after the national and federal governments resolved to
jointly fight Islamist militants in the Horn of Africa nation.
WHO secures US two million
dollar grant to boost health interventions in Somalia
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
The World Health Organization (WHO) said
on Monday that it has received 2 million U.S. dollar grant to
support epidemic disease surveillance and emergency primary
health care response activities in Somalia.
in Somalia Ghulam Popal said the risks are particularly high
among displaced people and other vulnerable populations already
weakened by poverty and poor nutrition.
“Lack of sufficient
resources, coupled with limited access to health services and
absence of timely detection and response to disease outbreaks
have challenged our efforts to provide lifesaving response and
prevent disease outbreaks in the country,” Popal said in a
statement issued in Mogadishu.
outbreaks remain a major public health threat in Somalia. Nearly
5.5 million people are at risk of acquiring cholera, of whom
more than half are women and children below 5 years of age.
“The aid grant will
help us strengthen coordination with the ministry of health and
step up emergency health and epidemic disease surveillance to
reduce morbidity and mortality attributed to epidemic-prone
diseases,” Popal added.
The UN health agency
early this year reported a funding gap estimated at 4 million
dollars required to maintain its life-saving response to
outbreaks, drought, and malnutrition in Somalia.
The grant will also
support the procurement and prepositioning of essential supplies
and life-saving medicines in all high-risk areas across Somalia.
bank seeks to help Somalia restore critical infrastructure
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) said on
Monday that it has approved the bank’s Somalia Country Brief
2017-2020, under which it will help Somalia restore its critical
infrastructure and build capable institutions.
A statement from the
AfDB said the brief identifies ways and means to support the
rebuilding of Somalia in line with the country’s 2017-2019
National Development Plan.
pipeline of projects will be financed through donor
contributions to the Somalia Infrastructure Fund (SIF),
resources from the African Development Fund (ADF), and other
trust funds managed by the bank,” AfDB said.
The Horn of Africa
nation has experienced moderate gross domestic product (GDP)
growth over the past four years, averaging 3.4 percent per year.
However, due to the
on-going drought, real GDP growth in 2017 is projected to
decelerate to about 2.4 percent and this, the bank said, would
impact negatively on the agriculture and livestock sectors.
The AfDB board
emphasized the need for the bank to remain engaged in Somalia
despite numerous political, economic, social and environmental
challenges facing the country.