[dehai-news] Press TV: Mogadishu clashes claim dozens of lives


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From: Berhane Habtemariam (Berhane.Habtemariam@gmx.de)
Date: Thu Dec 11 2008 - 12:58:09 EST


Mogadishu clashes claim dozens of lives
Thu, 11 Dec 2008 08:53:04 GMT

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Fighting between Somali rebel fighters and pro-government forces in
Mogadishu has left 10 civilians killed and more than a dozen wounded.

The clashes broke out on Thursday between forces loyal to the Union of
Islamic Courts (UIC) and pro-government foreign soldiers in the south of the
capital.

Eyewitnesses said some 13 soldiers were killed in the incident and another
16 were seriously injured, Press TV correspondent reported.

Earlier in the day, UIC fighters launched mortar attacks on the Somali
presidential palace and a number of military bases in southern Mogadishu.

The assault drew heavy fire from the government forces which killed 10
civilians and hurt at least 16 in nearby district of Howlwadaag.

Somali government spokesman Dahir Mohamed Hirsi said government forces had
killed 15 UIC rebels and injured more than 40.

Meanwhile, UIC spokesman Sheikh Abdirahim Isse Addow vowed attacks on
government forces and their foreign military allies would continue, adding
they "will never accept foreign troops and their puppets to stay in
Somalia."

Hundreds of civilians are just fleeing their homes in south Mogadishu for
the fear of being caught in heavy crossfire in combats between army and
rebel forces.

 

US wants to open Somali waters to navies
Thu, 11 Dec 2008 00:17:26 GMT

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Washington is circulating a proposal that would allow military forces to
enter Somali territory in pursuit of pirates, UN sources say.

A senior diplomat with the UN Security Council said the United States has
distributed a text to the other permanent members of the world body --
Britain, France, Russia and China -- that outlines its proposal.

The diplomats are discussing a proposal that would expand on existing powers
national navies have to enter Somalia's territorial waters, including an
initiative that could allow military forces to chase pirates onto sovereign
Somali land in "hot pursuit," the sources said.

The UN Security Council passed a resolution on December 2 that extended the
permission of other nations to enter Somali waters for another 12 months.

The latest US initiative may be seen as a further response to a crisis that
has "clearly escalated," according to a senior UN diplomat.

Pirates have attacked 32 vessels and hijacked 12 since NATO sent four ships
to the region on October 24 to escort cargo ships and conduct anti-piracy
patrols.

Ships still being held for huge ransoms include a Saudi oil tanker with $100
million in crude and a Ukrainian ship loaded with tanks and other arms.

 

Somali pirates seize 2 Yemeni vessels
Thu, 11 Dec 2008 09:07:39 GMT

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Somali pirates have hijacked two Yemeni fishing ships in the Gulf of Aden,
taking hostage some 17 fishermen aboard, Yemeni officials say.

Some seven crewmembers of one of the vessels, however, managed to escape on
a motor boat and report the incident to the Yemeni sea guard service.

They were sailing from the port of Aden on Wednesday when the pirates
attacked their ships, maritime officials attending an international
conference on piracy in Nairobi said.

A wave of piracy in the Gulf of Aden and notorious Somali waters in the
Indian Ocean has prompted the international community to resort to military
step to safeguard the area.

Somali pirates have committed about 100 attacks hijacking tens of ships,
including a Saudi super tanker with USD 100 million worth of oil aboard.

They currently hold at least 17 ships, including an arms-laden Ukrainian
freighter.


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