UNHCR alarmed by resumption of mortar attacks in Somalia

New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has expressed
concern over the resumption of mortar attacks in the Somalia capital of Mogadishu, which
led to the deaths of at least four Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), including two children.

A UNHCR statement made available to PANA in New York on Tuesday said the mortars landed in a small IDP settlement in the Wardhigley district on Monday morning, marking the first attack of its kind since August when anti-government forces withdrew from the majority of districts in the capital.

''The target of the attack is believed to have been a hostel housing pro-government forces in the nearby Villa Somalia compound, the presidential palace, but the mortars did not reach their target and instead landed among the IDPs.

''UNHCR calls on all parties to the conflict in Somalia to cease attacks targeting civilians and humanitarian agencies or where there is a high risk of harm to civilians located near the intended target. Monday’s attack clearly presented an unacceptable risk,” the statement said.
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21 mars 2012 07:16:37

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