At Least 47 Killed in Somalia
A bloody battle between Islamic insurgents and Somali-supported Ethiopians killed at least 47 people on Sunday, according to the International Herald Tribune. The Pakistan Daily Times had the death count at a minimum of 51 killed. The fighting occured in Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia.
The Islamic insurgents, some of whom may have ties to Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda, have been challenging the weak transitional government in Somalia. Since Mohamed Siad Barre was overthrown in 1991, Somalia has not had an effective government, according to the Herald Tribune.
Sunday's death count adds on to an ever-growing tally for the week. Both sources have the total death count near 215 casulties, with many more having been wounded during the fighting. Mogadishu has been ravaged, with buildings having been destroyed and dead bodies rotting in the streets.
Sudan Ali Ahmed, head of the Elman Peace and Human Rights Organization, has been outraged at the number of civillians being killed or wounded. 42 civillians were estimated to have been killed Sunday, while over 300,000 have fled Mogadishu since February, according to the Daily Times.
â€œBodies are lying rotting in areas we cannot access. We are appealing to both sides to stop the fighting. This is unacceptable, the civilians are bearing the brunt,â€? Ahmed told the Daily Times. "This is a crime against humanity."