On December 21 clashes were recorded in the port of the city of Bossaso, in the federal state of Puntland, between the forces loyal to President Said Abdullahi Deni and the men of an anti-terrorist unit known as the Puntland Security Forces (PSF), who instead support their former director Osman Diano, fired last month by President Deni.

Once again, the violence stems from the control of port terminals and the enormous economic interests that revolve around them, managed most often by criminal organizations organized in the form of militias, which exercise their role in the confused framework of Somalia’s politics and security.

The clashes follow those that took place in Bossaso about two weeks earlier, and according to local sources have left on the ground a high number of victims among the military of the two sides.

Mohamed Osman Diano’s PSF have been accused of indiscriminately bombing Bosaso, reigniting tensions and creating a large-scale conflict, while the director of PSF has accused the regular forces of violating the ceasefire.

Federal President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo called for a cessation of violence and expressed concern over the re-emergence of such intense violence in the city of Bossaso, while the U.S. Embassy in Mogadishu called on the warring parties in the city to cease fire in the common goal of fighting al-Shabaab forces.

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