Kenya Contacts AU Chair Over Balad Hawo Fighting Says Concerned Over Refugee Influx

Kenya has expressed concern over the fighting in Beled Hawa between the federal government and Jubaland forces that killed at least 12 according to Beled Hawo hospital officials.

In a statement, the ministry of foreign affairs has written to the chairman of the African Union (AU) expressing concern over the renewed fighting along the border, in the town of Beled Hawa in Gedo region.

”Kenya’s primary concern is that the renewed fighting engenders long scale displacement of civilians inside Somalia and increasingly generates large numbers of refugees and asylum seekers to Kenya,” the statement read in part.

The statement also said the situation could further destabilize the region, tighten security and delay the gains made in the war on terror.

The Somali government has accused Kenya of participating in the fighting against Somali military.

Janan who escaped custody in Mogadishu and reportedly crossed into Kenya last year has an international warrant of arrest on his head but Somalia has accused Kenya of shielding him in the border town of Mandera.