10 die in battle for Mogadishu
Sun, 30 Jan 2011 01:40:47 GMT
Heavy clashes between Somali government troops backed by African Union forces and al-Shabab fighters have killed 10 people in Mogadishu.
Seven people lost their lives after clashes broke out in Mogadishu's northern districts of Hodan, Bondhere, and Hawlwadig on Saturday. Five civilians were among the dead.
At least 16 other civilians were also injured, Somalia's Radio Garowe reported on Saturday.
Ambulance workers in the African country ferried the injured people to local hospitals.
In a separate incident, three civilians were killed in the Wardhiigley and Yaaqshiid districts as Somali forces and al-Shabab fighters exchanged fire.
Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.
Over the past two decades, up to one million people have lost their lives in the fighting between rival factions and due to famine and disease.
There are more than 1.4 million internally displaced people (IDPs) in Somalia. More than 300,000 IDPs are sheltering in Mogadishu alone.
Most of the displaced live in poor and degrading conditions on makeshift sites in southern and central Somalia, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.