ICRC sends urgently needed medical supplies to Somalia

A Somali woman holds her severely malnourished baby outside a tent serving as a medical clinic established by the African Union Mission in Somalia.

Over a ton of medical supplies has been sent by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to local hospital in southern Somalia to treat those wounded in the fighting between Kenyan troops and Al-Shabaab Islamist rebels.

Fighting is continuing in the towns of Kismayo, Afmadow and Dhobley where reportedly 100 people, mainly civilians, have been wounded.

Randi Jensen, an ICRC nurse says it has become very dangerous for patients to reach the few clinics available to them.

ICRC says it will continue to assess surgical and other medical needs in the coming days.

Kenya sent troops to southern Somalia in October to go after Al-Shabab rebels, following terrorist attacks and kidnappings on its soil.

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