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Heavy fighting continues in Mogadishu

Heavy fighting continues in Mogadishu
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A lady crouches what is believed to be a dead woman on the ground in Mogadishu.
Heavy fighting continues in Mogadishu
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Women lay injured with one in a plaster due to the constant shelling in Mogadishu
Heavy fighting continues in Mogadishu
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A medical centre for the wounded
  • Heavy fighting continues in Mogadishu
  • Heavy fighting continues in Mogadishu
  • Heavy fighting continues in Mogadishu

The heaviest fighting in Mogadishu since the beginning of the Holy Month of Ramadan, causes the death of at least 36 civilians and the injury of 95 others. Mogadishu, Somalia. 24/08/2010

The fighting started in Mogadishu around 4:00pm yesterday afternoon when people in Mogadishu prepared for the breaking of their whole day fast. The fighting is still going on in many different parts of the city, both sides have been using heavy weapons and this has caused the death of many civilians including women, children and also the displacement of many.

There has been heavy shelling from the AMISOM bases in Mogadishu which landed in the districts controlled by Al-Shabaab, most of the shelling landed into Bakara Market which is the largest and the busiest Market in Somalia. The fighting came after a short while when the Spokesman of Al-Shabaab Sheikh Ali Mohamed Raghe “Sheikh Ali Dhere” called for the Al-Shabaab troops and the Somali people to launch a heavy attack which he named “The eradication of the invaders” against Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and the African Union Peace keeping forces in Mogadishu.

The Hospitals in Mogadishu are extremely overwhelmed by the large number of civilian injured in armed confrontations and mortar shelling. Most of the wounded persons are in critical situations, and all the doctors and nurses in Medina Hospital were engaged in the treatment of patients.

Al-Shabaab has already said that they will carry out serious attacks against the frontline bases of Ahlu-Sunna, TFG and AU troops in Mogadishu during the holy month of Ramadan and pointed 2 days of this month which is on16th and 17th of Ramadan of which they have promised that they will kill many troops by seizing all their bases and that they will defeat the TFG and the AU troops in Mogadishu, the insurgent group of Al-Shabaab seemed to have been strongly preparing for the launching of these well organized attacks.

The failed communities of Somalia have been experiencing different and wide range of problems and all kinds of anarchism and lawlessness for almost 20 years without any central functioning government, since 1991, the collapse of former military regime of Mohamed Siad Barre, The guiltless Somalia people have been the most victimized segments of all forms of these clashes based on different ideologies.

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