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Somali, AU forces in joint operations to clear main supply routes

Somali, AU forces in joint operations to clear main supply routes

Somali and African Union security forces have embarked on joint security operations in Hiraan region to clear main supply routes to facilitate delivery of humanitarian aid to the population, the mission said on Friday.

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said joint operation in south-central Somalia region has so far clear 16 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and is also aimed at improving freedom of movement.

“The forces are opening the main supply routes connecting Beletweyne and Jalalaqsi to facilitate safe and timely humanitarian assistance delivery,” it said.

The allied forces have been pursuing a renewed offensive against al-Shabab insurgents, who in 2011 were forced to retreat from the capital, Mogadishu.

The UN has warned that a blockage of supply routes will spark a rise in prices and reduction of basic commodities in recovered towns that could further worsen food security in the affected districts.

The joint forces are reportedly taking main towns and moving along the main roads, but al-Shabab has in some cases maintained control of supply routes, hindering the delivery of humanitarian and commercial supplies to affected people. 

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