Fighting between two rival clan militias in the southern Somalia town of Burdere in Middle Shabelle province, over grazing land, has killed at least ten people and wounded 20 others.
The fighting, which began Sunday morning, March 17th, is as a result of a dispute over ownership of a communal grazing land in the area. The fighting forced hundreds of families to flee their homes.
Somalia forces have intervened but withdrew later, and the fighting resumed.
The two clans have fought for control of grazing land in the past. Clans elders have held negotiations to resolve the dispute but failed.
Clan clashes are common in Somalia where each one is armed to protect itself from the other, in the absence of a strong government that would provide protection for all of its citizens. There has been tension for so long between different Somali clans due to political rivalry and competition over control of grazing land, and access to water for their livestock. Sometimes, clans fight over revenge killings or vendettas going back several years.