SOMALI RESIDENT FLEE AS DEATH TOLL HITS 113


Residents of Somalia’s capital are fleeing as the death toll from fighting in Mogadishu rises. A health official told the BBC that 14 people had been killed overnight. A local human rights group estimates more than 120 have died in recent days. On Monday, Somalia’s President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed blamed radical Islamists for the renewed bloodshed.

BLOODSHEDHe told the BBC the hardliners had no interest in ending the violence and wanted to take Somalia by force. The fragile interim government has been fighting radical Islamist groups like al-Shabab since 2006. The latest fighting began on Thursday and escalated over the weekend between pro-government forces and Islamist groups.

“The fighting erupted in the most densely populated areas”Rights campaigner Ali Shaykh Yasin.

Somalia, a nation of about eight million people, has experienced almost constant conflict since the collapse of its central government in January 1991.

SOURCED FROM BBC

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: