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Ambulance service: 4,200 Somalis killed in 2 years | Antiwar Newswire

Ambulance service: 4,200 Somalis killed in 2 years | Antiwar Newswire: "Maj. Barigye Bahoku, the spokesman for the 7,000-strong African Union force in Mogadishu, said he could not comment on the ambulance service report because he had not read it.

Human rights groups and Mogadishu residents have repeatedly accused the African Union of indiscriminately targeting populated areas of the city with artillery fire after insurgents fire mortars toward AU troops. Bakara is the most popular market.

The executive director of CIVIC, the U.S.-based Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict, said civilians bear the brunt of war in Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan. But she said Somalia may be the most dangerous because neither side abides by obligations under international law to avoid civilian casualties, as U.S. and international forces in Iraq and Afghanistan are required to.

'Al-Shabab hides out in civilian markets, blasts the government or AMISOM (African Union) bases and then runs, so by t…

Ethiopia PM warns of Nile war - Africa - Al Jazeera English

Ethiopia PM warns of Nile war - Africa - Al Jazeera English: "Locked talks

Egypt, Ethiopia and seven other countries through which the Nile river passes have been locked in more than a decade of contentious talks driven by anger over the perceived injustice of a previous Nile water treaty signed in 1929.

Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya signed a new deal to share the waters in May, provoking Egypt to call it a 'national security' issue.

Meles said he was not happy with the rhetoric coming from the Egyptians but dismissed the claims of some analysts that war could eventually erupt.

'I am not worried that the Egyptians will suddenly invade Ethiopia.

'Nobody who has tried that has lived to tell the story. I don't think the Egyptians will be any different and I think they know that,' Meles said.

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