Somaliland regional administration forces on Wednesday (June 11th) entered the town of Hingalol in the disputed eastern Sanag region ahead of a planned clan convention, Somalia’s RBC Radio reported.
“Heavily armed Somaliland forces entered Hingalol this morning. They came with 13 battle wagons and more soldiers,” said Abdihakim Abdullahi, a member of parliament in the Somali federal state of Puntland.
“The elders repeatedly told them to leave or they will face resistance,” he said.
Puntland elder Garad Abdullahi Ali Eid said a group of clan elders from Puntland had met with the Somaliland forces prior to their advance and requested that they stay away from the town ahead of a clan convention planned for June 15th, according to Somalia’s Garowe Online.
In April, Somaliland briefly deployed troops to the disputed regions of Sool and Sanag, leading to fears over instability in the region.