ICRC sends aid for casualties in Somalia fighting

Fri Dec 30, 2011 12:20pm GMT

* Casualties mostly civilians, some with shrapnel wounds

* MSF identifies two killed foreign aid workers

By Yara Bayoumy

NAIROBI, Dec 30 (Reuters) - The International Committee for the Red Cross said on Friday it had sent more than a tonne of medical supplies to southern Somalia, where over 100 people have been wounded in areas where Kenyan troops are fighting entrenched Islamist rebels.

Yves van Loo of ICRC Somalia said the wounded were mainly civilians caught in fighting in the last 10 days in the frontline regions of Afmadow and Dhobley, where air strikes have also taken place in recent weeks.

The ICRC said the fighting made it difficult for the wounded to reach hospitals for treatment.

On Dec. 20, a Kenyan warplane bombed a Somali village held by the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab rebels, killing and wounding several people.

Kenya said on Friday its forces had raided an al Shabaab patrol base in Qoqani, about 30 km (19 miles) west of Afmadow, in an attack that killed five rebels and one Kenyan soldier.

Al Shabaab and a Somali government soldier said the rebels had attacked a Kenyan convoy on Thursday.   Continued...

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