Somalia: More than 100,000 flee their homes in Guriel, two hospitals were hit by government forces fighting Ahlusuna militia

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Mogadishu, Somalia: The ongoing fighting in the city of Guriel, Galmudug state of Somalia, has forced more than 100,000 people, many of them women and children, to flee their homes and seek refuge in nearby villages affected by drought and water shortages. , according to the UN.

These people are in urgent need of humanitarian aid and protection assistance; nevertheless, scaling up of the response to access and funding challenges is prevented.

The Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Adam Abdelmoula, expressed his concern about the civilian impact of the ongoing hostilities in the city of Guriel.

More than 40, including senior military and police officers were killed and more than 220 were injured, according to local journalists, NGOs and doctors.

The UN says at least two hospitals were affected and caused significant damage and discontinued life-saving health services. The office of a non-governmental organization has reportedly been affected after government forces partially entered the city.

“I strongly condemn the actions that reportedly led to two hospitals being hit, causing significant damage and shutting down life-saving health services,” Abdelmoula said.

“All parties have obligations under international humanitarian law; the principles of segregation, prudence and proportionality in the use of force must be observed, including the protection of civilians and the treatment of wounded hors de combat. I urge them to uphold these obligations,” he added.

The UN’s resident and humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, Adam Abdelmoula, has called on humanitarian actors to expedite emergency aid and to work with authorities for sustainable solutions. The parties to the conflict must ensure that humanitarian workers have unlimited access to all people in need of assistance.

Source: Somali Affairs

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