Clashes claim more lives in “deadly” Mogadishu

Renewed clashes in the Somali capital Mogadishu have left 15 people dead and some 50 injured according to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.

Somali refugees

Somali refugees

The clashes among the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) security forces took place on Monday.

UNHCR says it is appalled by the loss of lives and complete disregard shown for their safety and is appealing to armed groups and forces in the capital to make the protection of civilians a top priority.

Adrian Edwards is spokesperson for UNHCR in Geneva.

“This was the worst incident in Mogadishu so far this year, although sadly the Somali capital is no stranger to indiscriminate violence. Last year hundreds of Somalis were killed. According to available UN figures, at least 7,600 people reported weapons-related injuries in Mogadishu – an average of more than 20 wounded a day, and making this the worst year in a decade for civilian casualties. One in five of those injured was a child. The Somali capital is without doubt one of the most deadly cities anywhere.”

UNHCR estimates that 1.5 million Somalis are displaced inside the country and more than 650,000 are living as refugees in neighbouring countries, making Somalia one of the worst and most alarming humanitarian crises that the agency faces.

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