Fierce Somalia clashes leave 17 dead.

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More than 17 people, mostly civilians, have been killed and over 14 others, injured in the latest cannonade of violent cashes to rock Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.

The fighting and shelling continued into the second day on Friday after fierce clashes erupted again around the city’s northern districts of Hodan and Bondhere — once a stronghold for militants fighting to overthrow the UN-backed transitional Somali government, a Press TV correspondent reported.

“Early on Friday heavy clashed broke out in Hodan; everybody was fleeing for their lives because the two sides were using heavy machineguns and mortar shells,” a witness told Press TV.

No comments have been made by the Africa Union and government troops over the latest offensive against the rebel forces.

Over the past two decades, up to one million people have lost their lives in fighting between rival factions and due to famine and disease.

There are more than 1.4 million internally displaced people (IDPs) in Somalia. Over 300,000 of the IDPs are sheltered in Mogadishu.

Somalia has been embroiled in civil war for years, as it has not had a functioning national government since the overthrow of the country’s dictator, Mohamed Siad Barre, in 1991.

Source: Press TV

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