Giving Zakaah to other than your own community

Assalam Alikum,
I have been told over the years that Zakaah must be given to the local community and any excess can be sent as needed. Is it allowed for me to send my Zakaah to other places of need eg Somalia?

Wa Alaikum As Salaam,
First and foremost, a person who is able to give Zakaah, is required to look after the poor and needy of his local community before sending his Zakaah elsewhere. However, if the people outside his community are in more need, then it is preferred that he sends his Zakaah over there to fulfill the needs of those who are suffering. Based on this, it will be allowed to send your Zakaah money to Somalia and other similar places.

And Allah knows best
Mufti Waseem Khan