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Somalia's prime minister has asked Qatar to help reconciliation efforts between the various Somali factions and to assist with reconstruction. A Burundian defense official says the African Union Mission in Somalia must double the size of its peacekeeping force in order to hold territory secured in Mogadishu and move into Shabaab areas outside the capital. Shabaab has again been accused of targeting civilians.
Ongoing clashes between Shabaab and Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama'a, a Sufi militia, left scores dead in the Galgadud region. Britain will seek to build consensus to tackle instability and piracy in Somalia, when it hosts a major international conference on Feb. 23. Aid groups warned of disaster in Somalia if the Shabaab ban against aid organizations stays in place.
A government vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Mogadishu, killing at least six people and wounding seven others. At least seven people were wounded in an explosion at the Banadir hospital in Mogadishu. Shabaab fighters have closed down several aid agencies working in famine-hit Somalia, including some from the UN.
Shabaab warned Ethiopia that any military intervention in Somalia will result in "heavy" losses for its forces. Hundreds of Ethiopian troops with tanks and artillery reportedly reached parts of Hiran region in central Somalia on Saturday. Shabaab fighters beheaded two young boys in the Afmadow district of lower Jubba region.
More than 27 people were injured and three were killed in grenade attacks in Garissa, near the Somali border. An IED killed three government troops and injured nine civilians in the Bakara market. Ethiopia will deploy troops inside Somalia for a "brief period" to help Somali and Kenyan forces battling Islamist militants.
The Kenyan military said 28 Shabaab fighters and eight Kenyan soldiers have been killed during fighting in the south over the past several days; one soldier is listed as missing. Hundreds of Ethiopian troops were spotted crossing into Somalia.