Mogadishu (Alshahid)-The International Committee of the Red Cross says it has sent emergency medical supplies to three cities in middle Jubba, southern Somalia, where the Kenyan military and its allies are battling Alshabab militants.
“More than 100 wounded people, mainly civilians, reached the medical facilities during the most recent phase of the fighting,” said Randi Jensen, an ICRC nurse. “It has become very dangerous for patients to reach the few clinics available to them and we just don’t know how many more wounded are still out there, desperately waiting to get help.”
The ICRC said it had provided a hospital in Kismayu, a major southern port city that is a bastion for Alshabab, with one tonne of supplies for the surgical treatment of casualties.
The agency also delivered 300 kg of medical supplies to clinics in Dhobley and Afmadow.
The aid organization called on “all warring parties” to comply with international law and avoid harming civilians and the wounded during military operations.
On December 20, a Kenyan warplane bombed a Somali village held by the al Qaeda-linked Alshabab rebels, killing and wounding several people.
Since October, Kenya’s military has carried out air raids and a ground operation in southern Somalia in order to clear the area of Somali militant group Alshabab.