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Thousands flee Mogadishu fighting; UN.

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Nairobi (Alshahid) – According to the latest report by the United Nations, about 22,000 people has been displaced from the Mogadishu over the past two weeks, forcing relief agencies to curtail their operations in the war ton city.

Almost 14,000 of the displaced people have left the city entirely. At least another 7,000 have sought refuge along the “Afgoye Corridor” which comprises of a long road stretching out west of Mogadishu. It is already the temporary home of another 366,000 displaced people, according to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the violence this week has perhaps been the city’s heaviest this year.

An estimated 8,700 moved to other relatively safe areas with in Mogadishu, the UN office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (ACHA) said quoting figures provided by the UNHCR.

Clashes pit forces of Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG), who are backed by African Union troops, against Islamist insurgents seeking to topple the internationally-supported administration. According to OCHA, this week’s fighting was one of the heaviest that Mogadishu has experienced this year.

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