Sat. Jul 20th, 2024

Djiboutian troops serving as part of the African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have withdrawn from their military bases in Beledweyne, the capital of Hiran province in Hirshabelle state.

Djiboutian forces have been stationed at these bases for more than a decade to maintain the security of the Hiran region, especially the city of Beledweyne in Somalia.

The administration of Somalia’s Hiran region has not commented on why Djiboutian troops have withdrawn from their bases.

According to media reports, the increased deployment of Somali troops from the Hirshbelle and Hiran State administrations indicates that they are the reason for the withdrawal of Djiboutian troops.

Since 2011, the Republic of Djibouti has contributed troops to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), where Djiboutian forces have been responsible for security tasks in the central Hiran region, especially the capital of the Beledweyne region in Somalia.

Somali and African forces are carrying out military operations to open the road linking Beledweyne, the capital of Hiran province, to Hirshbelle state in the city of Bulubardi, where al-Shabaab fighters are active.

For four years, the city of Bulubardi has been besieged by al-Shabaab elements, while the aim of the Somali army’s military operations is to lift the siege on the city.

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