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on Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 10:13 PM.
Hardships reported after US air raids on southern Somalia
Aweys Osman Yusuf
Mogadishu 11, Jan.07 (Sh.M.Network) - Following US air strikes on settlements around Afmadow, about 620 km (385 miles) south of the capital Mogadishu, herders and farming community in the areas faced hardships of life.
More than 30 people and several hundreds of livestock are believed to have died in the US air raids on Monday night. Dozens more were also wounded.
Abdirashid Hidig, a Somali MP, who has reached Badhadhe in Lower Jubba province, southern Somalia, called on the international relief agencies to bring assistances to the Ac 130 gunship hit areas to save thousands of families whose livelihoods were badly affected by the American air raids against the suspected al-Qaeda hideouts in southern Somalia.
The United States that suddenly faced international criticism over its air strike targeting al-Qaeda suspects denied yesterday that it struck southern Somalia.
The Somali government officials have confirmed that many died in Monday’s air strike.
Deputy Prime Minister Hussein Aided urged the United States to bring its special forces in Somalia to flash out the suspected al-Qaeda members in Somalia. He said the US has the military capability to capture the terrorists hiding in southern Somalia.
On Wednesday at the United Nations, the Security Council did not object to US military actions in Somalia after a U.S. diplomat notified a closed-door meeting on Somalia that America’s air bombings on Monday targeted "a high-level al Qaeda leader."
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