Humanitarian Coordinator expresses concern on risk to civilians in Kismaayo

Nairobi (14 August 2012) – The Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mark Bowden, made the following statement today:

I am deeply concerned by recent reports of civilian casualties in Kismaayo caused by naval gunfire and airstrikes. As fighting for control of the town appears imminent, I reiterate my call for all parties to the conflict to make every effort to minimize the impact of conflict on civilians and to allow full humanitarian access to all people in need.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:
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