Somali violence claims more than 1,400 casualties in recent weeks

15:21, June 05, 2010      

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The United Nations on Friday reported that at least 1,400 casualties from three of the hospitals in the Somali capital of Mogadishu over the recent weeks, some one-fourth of these victims were children.

Marie Okabe, the deputy UN spokesperson, told reporters that the World Health Organization (WHO) said that between March 20 and May 24, at least 1,400 casualties had been reported from three of Mogadishu's hospitals.

Roughly one-quarter of these persons had been children, she said, adding that in at least one hospital one-third of the victims had been women.

Somalia, a nation of about eight million people, has experienced almost constant conflict since the collapse of its central government in January 1991.

Source: Xinhua

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