Over 200 Turkish workers are evacuated from Mogadishu due to insecurity
(Bartamaha) – Just days after Turkey ordered it’s Humanitarian and developmental organizations to suspend operations in the Somali capital due to the increasing insecurity, Turkish government has started withdrawing their staff from Mogadishu back to Turkey, Turkish foreign ministry say.
Hundreds of Turkish staff who were working for the Turkish Humanitarian and developmental organization have been evacuated from Mogadishu in the past few days according to Nur Bukhari, a Somali reported in Turkey due to the string of terror attacks that targeted Somali government employees and a Turkish national, Turkish Airline contractor who was driving in KM-4 street in Mogadishu when he was raided by armed men.
“Statement from Turkish Interior ministry has ordered Turkish workers in Mogadishu to leave Somalia due to the terror assaults that worsened in the Holy month of Ramadan,” Bukhari Said.
However number of Turkish workers has remained in Mogadishu to run the essential Turkish-funded projects ongoing in the capital.
Flights that Turkish Airline was making to Mogadishu have returned these workers from Mogadishu back to Turkey according to statement from Turkish foreign ministry.
The federal government of Somali is struggling to exert peace and order in the capital and its surroundings amid the Islamist rebels Al Shabab had stepped up attacks against the Somali government.