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Ethiopian plane denied landing at Somalian airport

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An Ethiopian plane has been denied landing at Kismayo Airport in South-Somalia on Monday, August 19th.

This comes in the midst of escalated tensions between the Federal government and the Regional leaders ahead of Thursday’s election.

A staff member at Kismayo airport who gave his name as Ismail confirmed that the plane took off from Gode in Southeastern Ethiopia to land at Kismayo airport.

After the Ethiopian plane was denied landing, it eventually landed in the Somalian town of Baidoa.

Ismail said the airline was denied clearance because they did not send the needed information in advance.

The new developments of the elections may cause conflict between Kenya and Ethiopia, longtime allies, each with significant numbers of peacekeepers in the Horn of Africa nation.

The present President of Jubbaland who is running for the second term this week is one of Kenya’s key security partners while Ethiopia has a tie with Mogadishu.

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