UN aid continues in Somalia despite rebel group's claims of "no famine"

troops stand guard in a new camp for the displaced people

UN aid agencies will continue their humanitarian work in Somalia, despite claims by the rebel group Al-Shabaab that there is no famine in the Horn of Africa country.

The UN declared a famine on Wednesday in southern Somalia and has ramped up its aid effort in response.

The World Food Programme (WFP) says they have to provide aid to save lives and are working on a plan to safely get food to rebel held areas.

Melissa Fleming from the UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) says their work will continue as well.

"We did read the statement with interest from Al-Shabaab. UNHCR is operating inside Somalia through local and national NGO’s and we have no evidence that this work will be hampered further by this statement."

Al-Shabaab also said there was no drought in Somalia and that they had not promised access to areas under their control.

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