Somalia: 4 Killed After Government Forces Fought over Aid Distribution in Baidoa

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At least four civilians were killed and more than 10 others wounded two rival government soldiers fought over food aid distribution place in Somalia’s southern town of Baidoa on Friday, officials said.

The fight broke out after government forces from the military attempted to loot relief aid being distributed to drought-affected needy people in the town. Forces loyal to the Baidoa Mayor tried to stop the forces from looting the food aid that led to fierce fight that killed four civilians.
Abdi Mohamed, a district official told Somali Update that officials reached the scene and intervened the fight.
Baidoa is the most drought-affected regions in the country, where thousands of internal displaced people are seeking emergency food aid following the severe drought that hit the nation.
Armed militias and government soldiers usually fight over aid in many parts of the horn of African Country forcing the aid workers trying to help people to operate in very dangerous environment.
Last month, two killed and ten others wounded after a lone gunman shot people at a food aid distribution site in Abudwak town in Galgadud region, in central Somalia.
The United Nations Office for Humanitarian Coordination OCHA reported on May 4, that rowdy crowds looted relief food in several locations in Somalia during the last week of April. OCHA mentioned that Kismayo town, where thousands of refugees returned from Kenya’s Dadaab camp relocated, was among the places armed men forcibly looted the food aid.

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