UN: More Than 230 Civilians Killed in Two Weeks in Mogadishu

According to a report by the United Nations refugee agency, the past two weeks of fighting in the Somali capital city of Mogadishu has left at least 230 civilians killed and over 400 others wounded. An estimated 23,000 people were displaced by the clashes pitting Government forces against Al-Shabaab insurgents during the same period, according to Melissa Fleming, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). “So far this year over 200,000 civilians are estimated to have fled their homes,” she told reporters in Geneva.

Al-Shabaab on Tuesday demanded that Uganda withdraws her peacekeeping troops from the war-torn Somalia, or face more attacks. Accordingly, security has been stepped up to counter the threats, said Police spokeperson Judith Nabakooba.

3 Responses

  1. The actual number of dead civilians here in Mogadishu is though to be as high as 500. As for the stepping up of security – it turns out that the government has yet again failed to secure its four blocks of territory. Al-Shabab have attacked the Mogadishu airport killing scores of AU forces and government officials, so what security has been stepped up?

  2. Security measures in Uganda have been stepped up.

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