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Outrage after Mogadishu carnage by Ethiopian forces

Issue No. 2047

Over 1,000 people are reported killed during the recent assault on the Somali capital Mogadishu, by US-backed Ethiopian forces.

The scale of the carnage has forced the European Union (EU) to launch a war crimes investigation into the forces it had urged to carry out the invasion.

During the last few weeks the Ethiopian military shelled residential areas and sent helicopter gunships to strafe houses, schools, hospitals and workplaces.

Whole neighbourhoods have been obliterated.

Asli Diiriye, the mother of a six-month-old baby killed by shrapnel, told ISN Security Watch that she holds the Ethiopian government, which she views as an occupying force, and clan insurgents responsible for her loss.

Hussein Mohamed Farah Aideed, deputy prime minister of Somalia’s transitional government – which the Ethiopians are supporting – has accused Ethiopian troops of committing “genocide” against the Somali people in Mogadishu.

His comments reflect the outrage about the assault which threatens to unseat the transitional government which the US and Ethiopians brought into office.

Previously Aideed was one of the staunchest supporters of Ethiopian involvement in Somalia and even called for the unification of the two countries when Ethiopian troops arrived in Mogadishu last December.

The United Nations office for humanitarian affairs said last week that 124,000 of the city’s residents had fled and are living in makeshift camps.

Doctors report that disease is now widespread because of lack of shelter, clean water and sanitation. Hospitals in the capital are stretched beyond capacity because they have been flooded with wounded.

Behind all the suffering lies US imperialism, which organised the invasion as a new front in the “war on terror”.

Evidence has now emerged “terrorist suspects” from 19 countries are being held in three secret CIA prisons in Ethiopia.

For a map of population displacement caused by the invasion go to

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Tue 17 Apr 2007, 18:49 BST
Issue No. 2047
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