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VOA News | June 2, 2011

MOGADISHU – New clashes in Somalia’s capital have killed at least 17 people, as pro-government troops continue to battle militants for control of a popular commercial site.
Somali government troops backed by African Union peacekeepers are trying to take Mogadishu’s Bakara market from al-Shabab insurgents.

Medical officials say heavy fighting between the two sides Thursday has also wounded at least 40 people.

In recent days, pro-government troops have advanced to the market’s perimeter and set up positions there.  The al-Qaida-linked insurgents remain entrenched inside.

Bakara market is a strategically important site because it is the center of Mogadishu’s business district.

Al-Shabab has controlled much of the capital and large sections of central and southern Somalia for at least three years.

However, government and African Union forces have retaken parts of Mogadishu in an offensive that began in February.

Al-Shabab is trying to overthrow the United Nations-backed government and set up a strict Islamic state.

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NAIROBI, 31 May 2011 (IRIN) – Hundreds of children younger than five have been wounded in the latest round of fighting in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, accounting for almost half of all trauma cases in May, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO).

In a press statement issued on 31 May, WHO said recent data showed that the main causes of death among under-fives were burns, chest injuries and internal haemorrhaging caused by blast injuries, shrapnel and bullets.
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The New York Times, By Laura Kasinof

27 April 2011

Protests and work strikes escalated across Yemen on Wednesday, leaving at least 12 dead on one of the country’s most violent days in a month, even as opposition and government officials were moving toward an agreement to usher President Ali Abdullah Saleh out of office in a month. (more…)

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Reuters, By George Fominyen

27 April 2011

DAKAR (AlertNet) – Tens of thousands of African migrants fleeing from the conflict in Libya into northern Niger and Chad need urgent help but there is no infrastructure to manage the influx into the small border towns, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) says. (more…)

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The Washington Post, By Leila Fadel
April 18, 2011
For residents, it is not just a question of whether to fight, but how long they can survive. After living under siege for nearly two months, many are reaching their breaking point as Gaddafi escalates his attacks and supplies become ever more scarce. Lines for bread and gasoline go on for blocks. Sewage has seeped into the water system. Most of the city is run on generators or has no power. Cellphone service has been cut. (more…)

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The BBC

18 April 2011

The UK is to help free 5,000 migrants trapped by fighting in western Libya, the UK’s international development secretary has said.

Andrew Mitchell said funds of £1.5m would pay to charter ships to get people out of the rebel-held town of Misrata and provide medical supplies. (more…)

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By: Harriet Sherwood

April 11, 2011

Tens of thousands of children trapped in intense fighting in Misrata are in serious danger amid concern over a humanitarian crisis in the only city in western Libya not under the control of Muammar Gaddafi.

At least 20 children, mostly under the age of 10, have been killed in the besieged city in the past month, according to Unicef, the UN children’s agency. Many more have been injured by gunfire or shrapnel from mortars and tank shells. (more…)

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