U.N. says thousands displaced by Wisil fighting
United Nations humanitarian agency said Monday thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes in Wisil town following fighting between Al-Shabaab militants and Somali military on June, 28. In a Twitter post, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs urged parties to conflict to respect and protect civilians. ''Reports from Galmudug indicate that thousands of people were displaced by violence in Wisil town, Hobyo district and arrived at Xero Dagaxley, Hobyo & Galkaacyo. Scores of civilians killed or injured,'' United Nations OCHA Somalia. Al-Shabaab militants on Sunday launched an attack at a military base in Galmudug's Wisil town, located in central Somalia, prompting clashes between government troops and local militias. At least thirty people including civilians were in the attack. Somali government condemned the attack by the militants and said it had taken immediate action to support the people of Wisil. "The government, while encouraging the people of Wisil, has taken immediate steps to provide relief to those affected by the attack and bombings by al-Shabaab militants," Information Minister Al-Adala said in a statement. Wisil is a small town located in northwest of the port town of Hobyo town, which is approximately 857 kilometers (532 miles) from Mogadishu.