(05-12-23) LASANOD (HN) — Somaliland has ramped up its military presence in the Sool and parts of Togdheer regions, deploying a substantial number of military vehicles and equipment. This move comes amid heightened tensions with the SSC forces, who have established control over significant territories in the area in recent months.
According to eyewitnesses who spoke to Halqabsi News, the deployment includes a range of military hardware, suggesting a preparation for intensive combat operations. The strategic focus of Somaliland’s military build-up is to reclaim land lost to the SSC forces after fierce battles in parts of the Sool region.
The situation remains highly volatile, with SC-Khatuma troops reportedly forming a strong defensive position in the Buq-Dharkayn and Gojacadde areas. This resurgence of hostilities has raised serious concerns among the local populace, who fear the repercussions of the conflict on their daily lives and security.
Notably, there has been no official statement from either side regarding their tactics or plans concerning the ongoing conflict. This silence follows a period of mutual threats and neglect of prior appeals for ceasefire and peace negotiations. Residents are apprehensive as the threat of war resurfaces, potentially disrupting the fragile peace and stability in the region.