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Eyl is an ancient town in the northern Puntlandmarker region of Somaliamarker. The prominent Somali clans in the area are the Majeerteen and Leelkase sub-clans of the Darod.

Eyl is situated near the Hafun peninsulamarker, the location of most of Somalia's casualties from the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunamimarker.


As of 2008, Eyl has become a pirate haven, with more than a dozen ships being held captive by pirate crews. The Puntland government has acknowledged that they are relatively powerless to stop pirate activities, but it also has been suggested that members of the Puntland administration may have links to the pirates. French commandos decided a hostage rescue in Eyl was too dangerous and carried out a rescue of two French sailors before they could be taken there.


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