MOGADISHU, Jun 8, 2002 (Xinhua via COMTEX) — A new consignment of weapons and ammunition has arrived in Mogadishu, the capital of Somali, for the warlords opposing to the government in Mogadishu on Friday afternoon.
The consignment consisting of ten heavy-duty trucks has arrived for warlords Muse Sudi Yalahow and Mohamed Dhere in North Mogadishu.
The weapons and the ammunition has come from the Godey town of Ethiopia and had passed through Hiran and Middle Shabelle regions before making safely to Mogadishu.
According to eyewitnesses, the offloading of the weapons and ammunition continued all night Friday night and until Saturday morning in the headquarters of Muse Sudi Yalahow.
Nobody exactly knows what kind of weapons they are, but the eyewitnesses said the weapons include the double battle anti- aircraft heavy machine guns, miscellaneous assault rifles, mortar launchers of various sizes, land mines.
With the arrival of this new consignment of weapons and ammunition for the Mogadishu warlords, the citizens in the Somali capital express serious concern over the stability and safety of Mogadishu and its surrounding areas.
These warlords have these days been building up their militias around the former green line that divided Mogadishu during the early years of the 1990s.
Likewise, the transitional national government of Somalia has in response deployed some of its military units around the same area close to the former green line in Hamar Weyn district.
The government forces are also being stationed around the Supreme Court and central jail of Mogadishu where several hundred bandits and criminals are being held.
It is not known when it is likely that another fighting starts, but it is known that both sides are preparing themselves for more fighting.
The government in Mogadishu has for several times accused Ethiopia of rearming the warlords opposing to it, something the Ethiopian government has persistently denied.
Somalia has been without central government since the 1991 ouster of Mohammed Siad Barre.
The transitional national government of Somalia was set up after a conference of clan elders in 2000, but so far has failed to convince the warlords to accept its rule, and it controls only parts of the capital Mogadishu and pockets of the rest of the country.