Bush’s bombs kill Somali civilians

This is a video of a Somali peace demonstration in London, England.

From the BBC:

Three missiles hit Dhoble town early on Monday, reportedly killing four people and wounding 20.

People are fleeing the town, fearing more strikes. Residents say planes could still be seen flying overhead on Monday morning. …

US Defense Department spokesman Bryan Whitman refused to give the identity of the target, whether the strike had achieved its goal or how the strike had been carried out. …

Dhoble resident Fatuma Abdullahi told the BBC they were woken up by “a loud and big bang”.

“When we came out we found our neighbour’s house completely obliterated as if no house existed here,” he said.

Another resident said: “Right now – in full daylight – the planes keep flying over us. They are so low that we’re deafened by their engines.”

“We are poor civilians living in a simple town – what have we done to deserve this bombing?”

Local official Ali Hussein told the BBC that many people were fleeing the town.

The border with Kenya has been closed for the past year. …

The US bombed the area a year ago and residents said the same plane was again involved. …

Last month, a senior UN official told the BBC that Somalia was the worst place in the world for children.

See also here.

US missile strike kills women and children in Somalia: here.

See also here. And here.

And here.

16 thoughts on “Bush’s bombs kill Somali civilians

  1. Somalia: ‘American Warships Should Leave Somali Coast Or Fight Pirates’ – Puntland Govt

    Garowe Online (Garowe)

    16 March 2008
    Posted to the web 17 March 2008

    A Cabinet minister in Somalia’s Puntland State government has called on the United States government to withdraw its naval forces from Somali shores or help in the campaign against local pirates.

    Said Ahmed O’Nur, Puntland’s Fisheries and Ports Minister, told Voice of America’ s Somali-language program that U.S. Navy warships have been watching a hijacked ship for nearly two months without taking any military action against the pirates on board.

    He indicated that there is “no communication” between the U.S. Navy and the government of Puntland.

    According to the minister, the U.S. naval warships “allow” the pirates to go to and from the ship – Russian-registered Svitzer Korsakov, which pirates hijacked on Feb. 5.

    “Local fishermen are not allowed to take their boats to sea,” Minister O’Nur said during the interview.

    He stated that locals informed the Puntland government that U.S. sailors disembark from their warships and use small boats to fish, adding: “Who allowed them to fish along our [Somali] coast?”

    The Fisheries and Ports Minister called on the U.S. Navy to withdraw its ships from the Puntland coast or “convince the [Puntland] government about what they are doing there.”

    He also indicated that there are “many rumors” about reports of nuclear waste being dumped along Somalia’s shores, which the Puntland government is to investigate.

    Minister O’Nur did not clearly answer a question regarding Puntland’s ability to secure its coast when major crimes are taking place on land, including kidnappings and assassinations.

    But he pointed the finger at the U.S. government and was openly critical of “ransom payments” received by pirates in the recent past, which only emboldened them to hijack more commercial ships, he added.

    A spokesperson for the U.S. Central Command told Garowe Online the international naval operation along Somalia’s dangerous coastline is targeted at stopping pirates from hijacking ships, including ships delivering humanitarian aid to the Somali people.

    But the spokesperson declined to comment on the Russian-registered Svitzer Korsakov, which the latest reports said is still being held near Puntland’s coastal village of Eyl.

    Aid sources in Puntland and Mogadishu, the national capital, said U.S.-led naval operations off of Somalia’s coast have helped reduce the number of pirate attacks.

    Recent comments on Somalia: ‘American Warships Should Leave Somali Coast Or Fight Pirates’ – Puntland Govt.
    Author: gishola

    The revelation by the Puntland’s minister of Fishery and Ports that the US Navy ship have been watching pirates attacking vessels in the US Navy ship,s vicinity for about two months without the slightest attempt to discourage the pirates calls to question the presence and motive of the US Navy in the Somalian waters. The call by the minister for the US Navy Ship to leave Somalian waters is a suttle appeal to the world to please come to the aid of Somalia from an invading US Navy ship. The attitude of the US Navy ship as related by the minister is open to a lot of interpretations including the possibility that the US Navy might have been conniving with the pirates or could have organized the piracy. As revealed by the minister, the Navy ship was illegally fishing in Somali waters. It was likely the same US Navy ship that nonchalantly killed four innocent Somalians and destroyed some houses a few days ago with the US rationalizing it as an attempt to kill one Al Qaeda operative. WHAT A PERFECT LAW OF THE JUNGLE!


  2. Somalia: Harder Times Ahead As Dry Conditions, Insecurity Persist

    UN Integrated Regional Information Networks

    15 April 2008
    Posted to the web 15 April 2008


    The number of Somalis facing a humanitarian emergency and those displaced by continuing conflict has increased because the situation is deteriorating faster than expected, the UN warned.

    Three factors, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), were responsible for the rapid deterioration in Somalia’s humanitarian situation – an extremely harsh dry season, increasing insecurity and high rates of inflation.

    According to the Food Security Analysis Unit and Famine Early Warning Systems Network (Fews Net), the number of people in humanitarian emergency in the first quarter of this year increased from 315,000 to 425,000 while there are now 745,000 newly displaced people against 705,000.

    The most severely affected areas are Galgadud, Mudug, Hiiraan, coastal Shabelle and pockets in Sool, Nugaal and Hawd areas in the north.

    “Food security continues to worsen in central and Shabelle regions and among the urban poor and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the south,” Fews Net stated in an alert. “Because of La Niña, associated with drier-than-normal conditions, pasture and water resources throughout the key pastoral areas of the country are being depleted early, leading to a deepening crisis among pastoral communities.”

    It said the total number of people in need of humanitarian assistance and livelihood support for the next six months would increase from two million to as many as 2.5 million.

    OCHA said deteriorating security had slowed down humanitarian deliveries and affected the ability of aid agencies to support populations in need.

    Food convoys, for example, were held up in Mogadishu awaiting an improvement in the security situation.

    Recently, the International Committee of the Red Cross reported that large numbers of displaced Somali families were surviving on less than one meal a day and spending large proportions of their meagre income buying drinking water.

    [ This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations ]


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