More troops from the Somali National Army [SNA] have been deployed to the Gedo region, further causing anxiety among residents of the two countries, whose relationship has been fluid for several months now over political differences.
Tensions continued to rise in the border region according to multiple residents when the troops selected from among Gorgor unit arrived in Dolow near the Kenyan border amid an escalating diplomatic spat between Kenya and Somalia.
Dolow is under Jubaland authorities with a strong backing of yeh Kenya Defense Forces [KDF], have been struggling to wrestle from the SNA troops after President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo fell out with the Federal State president Ahmed Madobe.
Ironically, the region falls under the Sector II of the African Union Mission Forces in Somalia, and it is manned by a contingent from the KDF team. This has further raised concerns among the international partners who believe the animosity could spill into a full-blown war.