Tuesday, March 04, 2003

SOMALIA: Militias on looting spree as Mogadishu death toll tops 50
NAIROBI, 4 MARCH 2003 (IRIN) - Hundreds of families are fleeing their homes in Mogadishu's southwestern Medina district after fierce clashes broke out in the Somali capital last week.

Ibrahim Abikar, a local businessman, told IRIN on Tuesday that the area "is almost empty today". Some families have remained to safeguard their homes from looters, but Medina - normally one of the most densely populated areas of Mogadishu - was described as a "ghost town".

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