Saturday 18 November 2017

14 killed as soldiers clash over drought food aid in Somalia

A Somali policeman provides security as displaced Somalis gather outside their makeshift shelters at a camp in Baidoa. (AP/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
A Somali policeman provides security as displaced Somalis gather outside their makeshift shelters at a camp in Baidoa. (AP/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Fourteen people, mostly civilians, are dead after soldiers clashed over food aid in Somalia's south western city of Baidoa, police say.

Col Isaq Hassan says the fighting erupted at a distribution site after some soldiers tried to steal food meant for refugees and other soldiers guarding it stopped them.

At least 20 people were injured. Nurse Mohamed Ahmed at Baidoa's main hospital says some are in critical condition.

Drought-ravaged Somalia is one of four countries singled out by the United Nations in a 4.4 billion US dollars (£3.5 billion) aid appeal to avert catastrophic hunger and famine, along with Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen.

Thousands of people have been streaming into Baidoa and other Somali cities in search of food and support, overwhelming local and international aid agencies.

Press Association

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