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The New York Times | Jeffrey Gettleman | August 1, 2011

The Shabab Islamist insurgent group, which controls much of southern Somalia, is blocking starving people from fleeing the country and setting up a cantonment camp where it is imprisoning displaced people who were trying to escape Shabab territory.

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VOA News | July 28, 2011

At least six people are reported to have been killed in the Somali capital Mogadishu, as African Union and government forces battle to protect the flow of food aid against militant attacks.

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Reporting by Abdi Sheikh and Abdi Guled; editing by David Clarke
Reuters

MOGADISHU  – At least 15 people died on Friday when shells hit an insurgent stronghold in the north of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, witnesses said. (more…)

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UNITED NATIONS: Ethiopia’s foreign minister on Monday called for the U.N. to deploy peacekeepers to neighboring Somalia, where Islamic militants appear to be gaining strength.

Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin’s comments came just days after an attack on an African Union peacekeepers’ base in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, killed at least 11 civilians. (more…)

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Somalia clashes ‘the worst since 1991’
From Mohamed Amiin Adow, CNN

Bodies continued to litter the streets of Mogadishu on Monday after two days of intense fighting described by one human rights representative as “the worst” since 1991.

The chaotic situation has made it difficult to ascertain an accurate death toll. Mogadishu-based Elman Human Rights Group reported at least 81 civilians were killed and more than 100 were wounded as government and Ethiopian troops battled Islamic militants in Somalia’s capital over the weekend.
“The level of violence is very high in Somalia, but in particular Mogadishu is going through its worst time in terms of war for the last 17 years of the conflict,” said Abdullahi Alas of the Dr. Ismail Jumale Center for Human Rights in Mogadishu. (more…)

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Eerie silence in empty Mogadishu
By Mark Doyle
BBC News

The streets north of the ruins of the Old Parliament in Mogadishu stretch out like alleyways bulldozed through a rubble dump.

Parts of some of the buildings are still standing – a wall here, a section of collapsed roof there.

But the overall impression in this part of the Somali capital is one of massive destruction. I did not see a single house there without shell damage or bullet holes. (more…)

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Ethiopia war gets little attention
By Edmund Sanders
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

NAIROBI, KENYA — The teenager awoke under a pile of corpses to a pricking sensation on her face. Ants were biting her eyelids and the inside of her mouth. (more…)

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