Friday, May 12, 2006

Residents flee Mogadishu clashes

News 11.05.2006 20:00

Thousands of residents have fled parts of Somalia's capital Mogadishu during a fifth day of fighting between an Islamist militia and warlords widely thought to be backed by the United States. Witnesses and medics said 17 people were killed on Wednesday night. That lifts death toll estimates since Sunday to 140. Medicines are running short. The United Nations and Somalia's transitional government have called for calm. UN experts say 80 percent of Mogadishu is controlled by the Islamist militia. The clashes are the heaviest since Somalia collapsed into anarchy 15 years ago.

DW

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