Somalia: 117,000 PEOPLE DISPLACED

June 10th, 2009 in Breaking News
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Thousands of Somalis were forced to flee their homes over the weekend in some of the heaviest and bloodiest street battles in Mogadishu since 8 May when the latest round of fighting between government forces and the opposition Al-Shabaab and Hisb-ul-Islam groups erupted in several north-west areas of the Somali capital. We now estimate that more than 117,000 people have been displaced by the past month’s violence.

More than 200 people were reportedly killed in the last month alone, most of them civilians. Reports from hospitals indicate that some 700 people were wounded in the clashes.

UNHCR is gravely concerned about the violence and the fact that it is further aggravating an already desperate humanitarian situation on the ground.