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(AFP) – 3 days ago

MOGADISHU — Four civilians were killed on Saturday after clashes broke out between Somali soldiers backed by African Union forces and Al Qaeda-inspired insurgents, medical sources and witnesses said. (more…)

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Weekend article documents the killing and wounding of civilians after African Union peacekeeping forces and insurgents clash in residential districts.  While this report claims that 6 civilians were killed and 10 were injured, subsequent posting titled “Four civilians killed in Mogadishu clashes” report slightly different numbers.  Final counts on civilian casualties not yet published.

By MOHAMMED IBRAHIM and JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
Published: February 20, 2011

MOGADISHU, Somalia — At least 20 people were killed and dozens wounded in heavy fighting in Somalia’s capital over the weekend, as African Union forces attacked an extensive underground fortification system of trenches and tunnels used by Islamist insurgents. (more…)

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ICRC-International Committee of the Red Cross

Thursday 27th Jan 2011

The number of war-wounded treated at the two main referral hospitals in the Somali capital Mogadishu sharply increased last year. More than 6000 such patients were admitted to Medina and Keysaney hospitals in 2010 compared to 5000 in 2009 and around 2800 in 2008. (more…)

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By Ibrahim Mohamed

Reuters
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/14/AR2010041401319.html

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Islamist rebels warned private radio stations to stop playing music in the Somalian capital of Mogadishu, while at least 11 people were killed in fighting, residents in the south of country said on Wednesday. (more…)

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By VOA NEWS

The leader of a Somali Islamist militant group told VOA Somali Service in an exclusive interview Saturday that his militants will keep fighting, even though the conflict has recently led to about 2,000 civilian deaths, and turned half-a-million Somalis into refugees in their own country.

Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, the leader of the militant group Hizbul Islam, said his fighters will keep battling the Somali government, and African Union peacekeepers in every possible way.

He defended tactics such as firing mortars from areas populated by civilians, saying “The Mujahid (holy warrior) is like a fish … the population is his water.” Aweys added, “The population acts like a shield and we operate out of them.” He also defended suicide attacks, calling them part of the resistance. (more…)

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By VOA News

Witnesses in Somalia’s capital say at least two people have been killed by a roadside bomb explosion.

The blast Sunday in Mogadishu’s Waberi district targeted a vehicle carrying Somali government soldiers.

Witnesses say the explosion missed the troops but killed two civilians who were standing nearby. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. (more…)

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By CNN

Fresh fighting erupted Sunday between Somalia’s transitional government forces and Islamist rebels, continuing a wave of violence that a top United Nations official called a “grave violation of human rights” that could possibly amount to war crimes.

The fighting restarted Sunday with heavy fire in a district north of the capital, Mogadishu, Somalia’s Shabelle radio reported, quoting officials and witnesses.

On Saturday, the security director for the transitional government was killed and at least 40 people, mostly civilians were rushed to Mogadishu hospitals, according to Shabelle.

The United Nations’ human rights chief said the strife in Somalia has caused “enormous suffering and massive displacement.”

“In this new wave of attacks, it is clear that civilians — especially women and children — are bearing the brunt of the violence,” said Navi Pillay, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights.

She said attacks against civilians have been a signature feature of the conflicts that have plagued the Horn of Africa nation.

“There needs to be a much greater effort to protect civilians. Displaced people and human rights defenders, aid workers and journalists are among those most exposed, and in some cases are being directly targeted,” she added. (more…)

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