Airstrike hits displaced Somalis, kills 3, aid group says

Story highlights

  • Doctors Without Borders says an airstrike killed 3 people and wounded 52
  • The group urges combatants to respect civilian rights
  • Kenyan troops are battling Somalia Islamists in the region
An airstrike hit a camp for people displaced by Somalia's humanitarian crisis Sunday, leaving three dead and dozens of people injured, the aid group Doctors Without Borders reported.
The camp was hit during an aerial bombardment on the southern Somali town of Jilib early Sunday afternoon, the medical relief agency said in a written statement. Most of the 52 wounded its staff treated were women and children, the group said.
The group did not identify the source of the attack, but urged "all parties to the conflict in Somalia to respect the rights of civilians in conflict."
Kenya launched a military incursion into southern Somalia on October 15 in an attempt to push back the Islamist rebel group al-Shabaab, which controls most of Somalia's south. There was no immediate response from the Kenyan military to the report.
About 1,500 displaced Somali families live in the Jilib camp, with many of the children suffering from acute malnutrition, Doctors Without Borders said. They are among the hundreds of thousands displaced by drought, famine and fighting in Somalia, where an estimated 2.2 million people now depend on food aid, according to U.N. officials. The drought has given way to heavy seasonal rains in the south that are now hindering the delivery of humanitarian assistance, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported Friday.