updated 10:13 AM MDT, Sep 21, 2017

War-torn Somalia could become tangled in the wealthy Gulf states’ diplomatic spat


The latest diplomatic spat in the Middle East, over Qatar’s alleged ties to terrorism, risks engulfing and destabilizing Somalia, a war-torn Horn of Africa nation struggling to bolster its own fragile democracy after decades of civil war.

On Monday night, Somali civil aviation authorities reported increased Qatar Airways traffic over Somali airspace, according to the Associated Press. At least 15 flights were diverted to use the airspace, an increase from one or two flights a day previously.
This comes after a slew of nations cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday (June 6)—triggering a crisis in the Gulf and north Africa. Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates severed relations with the tiny, oil-rich peninsula, and air carriers including Emirates and Etihad suspended flights. Yemen, the Maldives, and Saudi Arabia joined in, with the latter suspending flights, pulling Qatari troops from the ongoing war in Yemen, and closing both land and sea borders. Egypt and one of the three rival governments in Libya joined the diplomatic row, suspending flights and accusing Qatar of supporting terrorism and extremism—charges denied by Qatar.

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Somali civil aviation official says at least 15 Qatar Airways flights using Somalia's airspace

A Somali civil aviation official says at least 15 Qatar Airways flights have used Somalia's airspace since Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations moved to sever links with the Gulf nation.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief reporters, said that before the Gulf diplomatic crisis erupted Monday, just one or two Qatar Airways planes flew over Somalia each day.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and have moved to isolate the country by shutting down land, sea and air links, accusing it of supporting terror groups in the region. Qatar has denied the allegations.

The Qatari capital, Doha, is a major international transport hub.
SOURCE: AP
— Abdi Guled

 

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WFP chartered cargo plane crash lands in Somalia, no casualties

MOGADISHU, June 3 (Xinhua) -- A plane chartered by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) crash landed in Garbaherey town in Gedo region of southern Somalia on Saturday, a UN official confirmed.

WFP spokesperson Amor Almagro said the cargo aircraft crashed with four crew members who are all safe and unharmed.

"I can confirm that a medium size aircraft which is a cargo charger for WFP crashed upon landing early Saturday at Garbaharey in southern Somalia," Almagro said.

"The aircraft has four crew members who are all safe and unharmed. However, the plane is reported to have sustained a significant damage," she added.

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VIDEO ,Somalia: Farmajo's 100 Days Marked in Mogadishu Rally

Thousands of people and government officials took part in an organised rally held in Mogadishu's Banadir Football Stadium to mark President's 100 days in Villa Somalia.

The Prime Minister of the Federal government Hassan Ali Khaire, ministers and MPs attended the rally under tightened security as the city's major roads were locked down by Govt forces.

The pro-Farmajo demonstration was organised by the new Banadir regional administration.

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo addressed thousands of people at the rally, and spoke about his achievements during his first 100 days in office.

President Farmajo took office in late February following his election victory in 8th of that month. He paid 10 foreign visits to overseas, including nighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia.

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Italy delivers patrol boats to Somalia

Italy has delivered four patrol boats to Somalia in order for them to patrol the East African country's ports and coastline.

The Italian Ministry of Defence on 23 May announced the delivery to the Federal Republic of Somalia.

"The initiative was implemented thanks to the bilateral talks held by the Italian Ministry of Defence and the Federal Republic of Somalia, and aims at fostering reconstruction and strengthening the peace-establishment and stabilization process in the African country, within the framework of European missions EUTM Somalia and Regional Maritime Capacity Building in the Horn of Africa and the Western Indian Ocean," the Italian Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

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