SOMALIA: US urges the warring parties in Somalia to restrain civilian casualties
Nairobi (RBC RADIO) the United States especial envoy for Somalia James swan has called upon all parties warring to kismayo to halt civilian casualties and to allow access humanitarian agencies to reach the victims of families.
The United Nations especial envoy for Somalia Mr. James Swan whose office situates in Nairobi said in a press statement that his government is concerned about the conflict and tension in kismayo and called on all parties to restrain and prevent civilian casualties.
In the statement, it is said that about 5,000 people fled the city to Mogadishu and others displaced to Kenya.
Therefore, the envoy urged all, access for humanitarian agencies and aid group to reach those civilians fleeing from the fighting.
This comes after the allied forces backed by Raskabone militias had been battling with Al-shabab insurgents since the fighting for kismayo intensified many areas surrounding the city.
On the other hand a spokesman for Somali government forces urged the residents in kismayo to be calm and stay in their homes and work with them on their arrival.