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.
He 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.
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