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Fighting In Somali City Kills At Least 71 People, Wounds More Than 300, WHO Says

“At least 71 people have been killed and more than 300 wounded in ongoing fighting between rival militias in the Somali city of Kismayo, the World Health Organization said Thursday,” the Associated Press/Washington Post reports (7/4). “The city ‘remains a volatile area,’ the organization said in a statement, ‘with observed increase in fighting among warring factions, and other incidents of violence such as land mines and hand grenade attacks,'” the New York Times notes (Kulish, 7/4). “The WHO, which supports hospitals treating the war-wounded in Kismayo, said injuries and deaths outside the hospital are estimated to be much higher but cannot be confirmed,” Al Jazeera writes, adding, “Several rival factions claim ownership of Kismayo, where Kenyan and African Union forces are now based after driving out the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group” (7/5).