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Lughaya is a small coastal town in the northwestern Awdal region of Somalia desputed between Somalia and self proclamed state Somaliland.
Lughaya is located around 200 km to the west of Berbera and about 50 km southeast of the main port of Djibouti. It is the capital of and largest settlement in the Lughaya District. Lughaya lies on the flat, hot and dry Guban coast of the Gulf of Aden. The rest of the district is mostly empty desert and very sparsely populated, with just a handful of tiny villages, the largest of which are Karuure, Gerisa, Kalawle and Farda Lagu-Xidh.
Local control of the area is disputed between the autonomous Awdalland and Somaliland regions.
The broader Lughaya District has a total population of 36,104 residents. The majority of locals belong to the Maxamed Case sub-clan of the Gadabuursi. Most residents are pastoralists and farmers.
Lughaya is hard to reach. It is connected to Zeila, to the Djibouti border and to Berbera by sandy soft-surface roads, no more than tracks in some areas.
It has no port or a jetty; small boats are simply pulled up the beach.