Somalia: Thousands of civilians trapped in deadly fighting in Mogadishu - ICRC
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) deplores the high number of civilian casualties. It urgently calls on all parties to respect the rules of international humanitarian law and take all feasible precautions to spare civilians and their property. Medical staff, hospitals and clinics must be spared and protected in all circumstances and the dead must be disposed of in a respectful manner.
"For the time being the capital's two hospitals are still able to cope with the influx of wounded, but we plan to re-supply them as soon the security situation allows," said Alexandre Liebeskind, deputy head of operations for the Horn of Africa. The ICRC regularly delivers medical and surgical supplies to these hospitals, which have admitted over 1,000 war-wounded since the beginning of the year.
The ICRC has been providing humanitarian aid for the Somali population since 1977, working closely together with the Somali Red Crescent Society.
For further information, please contact:
Pédram Yazdi, ICRC Nairobi, tel. +254 20 2723 963 or +254 722 51 81 42
Nicole Engelbrecht, ICRC Nairobi, tel. +254 20 2723 963 or +254 722 51 27 28
Murielle Gras, ICRC Geneva, tel. + 41 22 730 24 58