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Clashes kill 10 in Somali capital
Wed, 09 Mar 2011 05:31:09 GMT
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Al-Shabab fighters in Somalia (file photo)
A fresh round of clashes have rocked Somalia's restive capital Mogadishu, leaving at least ten civilians dead and more than a dozen others injured, witnesses say.

Fierce clashes broke out late Tuesday in the northern district of Hodan, pitting al-Shabab fighters against the government soldiers backed by the African Union forces.

Witnesses told Press TV that seven civilians, including three women, were killed in the shelling that rocked the busy Bakara market.

Three other civilians also lost their lives in crossfire in Hodan where al-Shabab fiercely engaged Somali troops in a gun battle.

According to medics, the wounded civilians were taken to Mogadishu hospital for medical assistance.

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.

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