Major hospitals in Somalia are desperate for supplies of essential drugs and facilities as fierce fighting that has gripped Somali’s capital, Mogadishu rages, raising the number of casualties. Medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) says it has admitted at least 89 people suffering from blast at its Daynile facility in the last four days. Of these, 52 were women and children. For the past eight months Somalia’s lawless capital has been experiencing the heaviest armed confrontations to face yet with more than 9,000 civilian deaths counted since May last year. “The numbers of injured women and children that we received in just over 72 hours is not ‘collateral damage,’ it’s a total lack of regard for the safety of civilians.” says MSF Head of Mission Axelle de la Motte St. Pierre in a statement on Wednesday.
The statement further says that the situation in Mogadishu is incredibly complex and all parties are to blame for the high numbers of deaths and injuries, but indiscriminate shelling into densely populated areas is totally unacceptable. The UN estimates that at least 1.5 million Somalis are internally displaced while 3.7 million require humanitarian aid. In 2009, just under half of the 1,137 people admitted to Daynile Hospital suffering from blast injuries were women and children under the age of 14. MSF calls on all belligerents, including the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), the African Union Peacekeeping force (AMISOM) and opposition groups to take all measures to minimize the risk of civilian casualties through a full implementation of the principles of distinction and proportionality.
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