Mark Bowden, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, expressed concerns Tuesday over the recent climb in violence in the war-ravaged Horn of African nation that has led to a massive exodus.
“I am alarmed by the large number of casualties emanating from recent fighting,” he said in a statement released today, adding that “civilians continue to bear the brunt of conflict and insecurity in the country.”
He appealed to the warring sides to respect the international humanitarian law and minimize civilian casualties.
Mogadishu has seen thousands of its residents fleeing in recent days as reports of a major
Since the beginning of February, more than 8,000 people have left the city to escape the fighting that is said to be raging in several areas, especially in the northern districts of Haliwaa, Yaaqshiid and Wardhiigleey, according to the UN. The UN refugee agency says it is stepping up its efforts to deliver the much needed emergency relief to the millions of affected population but lamented about the deteriorating security situation in the country. More than 1.4 million people have been displaced internally while half a million others have fled to the neighboring countries. Somalia has been without a central government of Mohammed Siad Bare in 1991.
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