islamist rebels seized control of a port in southern Somalia after the worst fighting there in months. The loss of the port of Kismayu to the al-Shabaab insurgents was still another blow to the interim government which rules the nation due to the presence of its Christian Ethiopian allies. Sheik Mukhtar Robow, a spokesman for the Islamists, told Reuters, “Kismayu is under our control. We overpowered them and concluded the fighting. We’re still chasing those fighters who ran away.” The interim government has difficulty rallying Somalians since it contains Ethiopians who are not liked by the majority of Somalians. It is also difficult having as an ally Christian Ethiopia in a nation that is predominantly Muslim.
There was also fighting in the capital of Mogadishu where some battles took place close to the residence of the president. The situation borders on chaos. Some experts believe the best solution is focusing on developing local government entities and allowing them to restore peace in their areas rather than attempting to create a strong central government.