54 die in battle for Mogadishu

54 die in battle for Mogadishu
# 24 April 2011 03:34 (UTC +04:00)
The fighting occurred in northern and southern districts of Mogadishu on Saturday, the Press TV correspondent in Mogadishu reported.

About 130 people were also injured after the two sides exchanged heavy gunfire and barrages of mortar shells.

Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

Over the past two decades, up to one million people have lost their lives in the fighting between rival factions and due to famine and disease.

There are more than 1.4 million internally displaced people (IDPs) in Somalia. Over 300,000 IDPs are sheltering in Mogadishu alone.

Most of the displaced live in poor and degrading conditions on makeshift sites in southern and central Somalia, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
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