Posted by: Lister | April 1, 2007

The fighting continues in Somalia

Civilian deaths mount in Mogadishu

Violence has continued in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, for a third day, in what the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has called “the worst fighting in more than 15 years”.

Corpses lay in the streets on Saturday as ongoing fighting and mortar fire made it difficult to retrieve bodies or tally the dead.

Residents said hundreds were believed to have been killed across the city of one million people.

[…] Somalia’s envoy to Ethiopia told reporters on Friday that the attacks were only targeting “insurgent strongholds” in the capital where local elders had failed to convince fighters to disarm.

But most Mogadishu residents believed neither side was concerned for families caught in the crossfire.

“Whoever is doing this is not human. They have clearly never had a grandmother or children to think about,” Yebarow said.

[…] Meanwhile, an international rights organisation has accused the governments of Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and the US of secretly detaining hundreds of people fleeing the conflict in Somalia.

“Each of these governments has played a shameful role in mistreating people fleeing a war zone,” Georgette Gagnon, deputy Africa director for Human Rights Watch (HRW), said on Saturday.

“Dozens of people have effectively disappeared into Ethiopian detention facilities.”

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