03/08/07 (B406) SH NETWORK : Sortir de l’impasse consitutionnelle en Somalie : le débat est lancé par des parlementaires sur la légitimité du Premier Ministre. Somalia lawmakers deadlocked in the country’s decisions (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

Aweys Osman Yusuf

Mogadishu 01, August.07 ( Sh.M.Network)- Members of Somalia’s interim parliament demanded that president, Abdulahi Yusuf, interfere in the bitter debate among the parliamentarians over whether to vote for enabling the parliament to have the capacity to stay update with the decisions made by the Western-backed transitional government.

Asha Abdalla, a lawmaker, lashed out at Prime Minister, Ali Mohammed Gedi, stating that his government was illegitimate and that its mandate expired already.

She called on the president to come forward before the parliament and take part in resolving the deadlock within the legislative body.

"It is legal that the government should ask for confident votes from the parliament for every single judgment it is making, and it is our federal charter," she said in an interview with Shabelle on Wednesday.

There was a harsh debate in the parliament’s latest get-together on Tuesday as lawmakers were divided between supporters and opponents of the motion to deal with the government’s conclusions.

Salad Ali Jelle, Somalia deputy defense minister and lawmaker, opposed the notion, indicating that it was not the time the parliament should argue over such a motion.

"My bureau has done a great job for this country. I do not anticipate that the parliament should debate whether it must ask to keep abreast of my decisions, but I rather expect compliments from the transitional parliament," he said while addressing the legislators on Tuesday.

The parliament argument comes as the government was engaged in pacifying the volatile city, Mogadishu, where the country’s national reconciliation conference has been maintaining for the 17th day.

President Yusuf, who is currently in the semiautonomous province of Puntland in northeast Somalia, has made no comments on the issue yet.

01/08/07 (B406) Sh.M.NETWORK / Les forces gouvernementales somaliennes accusées d’actes de torture en particulier sur des enfants – Somalia: Government forces accused of torture (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

Aweys Osman Yusuf

Mogadishu 28, July.07 ( Sh.M.Network)- Abdulahi Abdi Mohamed, 13 year old, student learning the holy Qur’an in Madarasa (School) in the capital said he was sized and tortured by the government troops based around SOS hospital in north of Mogadishu, the Somali capital in early Saturday morning while on his way to the school.

His parents said their child and two other people were walking in the road near SOS when the soldiers caught them. “They brutally beat the three of them meanly,” they told Shabelle reporter, Abdi Nour Kadiye, who interviewed the victim at his residence in the area.

Our reporter said the victim who was showing several injuries on his body including the head, pointed out that he was holding the book of the holy Quar’an in his hand when he, along with two men, were seized. “After they hit us badly and asked me more questions, they let me go and took the other two men in their battle gun with them,” he said.

Government officials in Mogadishu, however, deny that there was an increase of government police brutality against civilians.

On July 26, Mogadishu’s Internally Displaced People in Heliwa district staged a huge protest against Somali government forces who were accused of raping five refugee women including a teenage a girl in a refugee camp in the district.

Mumino Mohammed, one of the victims, told Shabelle that she had 15 days old baby. “I gave birth a baby 15 days ago, I told them, three soldiers who came into my shelter, that I have very small child but they raped me the three of them, despite my screams and begging that should leave me alone,” she said.

Her husband, Aden Osman, said he was told to get out of the shelter by the troops with a gun, while butting him.

“They were several men armed with AK 47 guns and they said they were searching for insurgents and they began beating me until I went out conscious and then went for the women in the camp, raping them,” he said.

Abdifitah Nour Sabriye, the deputy of Mogadishu mayor, told Shabelle after he was contacted on Thursday that there were no government troops who raped IDPs.

“First, no group can stage a demonstration in Mogadishu without our knowledge and there are no government forces that raped women,” he said.

Since the massive house-to-house search operations for insurgents and weapons conducted by the government and Ethiopian forces started in early July, several civil rights violations have been reported, while local rights organizations voiced concerns over the escalation of violence, human rights breaching and killings of innocent people in the volatile city.

Abdulahi Abdi Mohamed, 13 year old, student says he was tortured by government forces after he was seized in Mogadishu’s north neighborhood on Saturday July 28.

He said he and two other men were suspected and detained. He was released hours after the he beaten.

Mohammed holds the book of the holy Qur’an sitting in his home in north Mogadishu on July 28. He said he was beaten by the government troops after he was suspected of insurgency.

01/08/07 (B406) Sh.M.NETWORK / Une délégation “à haut niveau” des Nations Unies est arrivée samedi dernier pour participer à la conférence de réconciliation en Somalie / Somalia: UN led delegation attends Somalia peace talks (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

Aweys Osman Yusuf

Mogadishu 28, July.07 ( Sh.M.Network)- A high-level international delegation led by Per Lingrade, UN deputy special envoy for Somalia, arrived in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, on Saturday attending the country’s national reconciliation congress which has been maintaining for 13th day.

AU/AMISOM troops in Somalia capital, Mogadishu, give bullet proof jackets to the delegation before taking them to Aden Adde international airport after the delegation participated in the country’s clan-based reconciliation congress on July 28.

The delegation, making up 5, was well received after landing at Aden Adde international airport around 10: 50 a.m. local time. The African Union troops in Mogadishu escorted the delegation to the scene of the reconciliation conference in north of the capital.

Per Lindgarde (L) UN deputy special envoy for Somalia sits with Ali Mahdi Mohammed, the chairman of Somalia’s reconciliation committee at the venue of the congress in Mogadishu on July 28 after an international delegation led by Mr. Lindgrade arrived in the Somali capital to show their support for the country’s clan-based peace talks.

Our reporter, Muktar Hirabe, at the venue of the peace talks, said that UN deputy envoy for Somalia, Lindgrade, addressed the hundreds of clan elders at the meeting.

“We were intending to participate in the congress on its first day but were delayed after the pilots of the plane that wound fly us to Mogadishu showed concerns over security on the ground,” Lindgrade said, indicating that the international delegation led by him was also presetting their support to Somalia reconciliation conference.

An international delegation, among them Norwegian, Swedish, Italian, Egyptian and Yemen, arrived in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on July 28 to attend the country’s national peace talks in the capital. Security was tight as AU/AMISOM troops stood on guard inside and outside the venue of the congress.

“We will always try to be present at the congress to stay up-to-date with the stages of the congress,” he said.

The Italian envoy who was among the delegation, told the attendees that his government offered $400, 000 (U.S. D) to Somalia reconciliation process.

“Italy also pays a large proportion of financial help to the African Union/AMISOM troops in Somalia, and my government will continue helping Somalia and its reconciliation congress,” he said, praising the African troops for their work in the Horn of African country.

28/07/07 (B406) SH NETWORK / Au moins deux tués et de nombreux blessés dans des attentats à la grenade contre deux restaurants de la capitale somalienne. (En anglais – Info lecteur) Somalia: Insurgent’s overnight attacks kill two in Mogadishu

Aweys Osman Yusuf

Mogadishu 27, July.07 ( Sh.M.Network)- At least two persons were killed and a number of other people were wounded in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, last night after suspected Islamist insurgents hurled grenades at two small restaurants in north of the capital.

Witnesses said that there were no Ethiopian or Somali troops in the area when the insurgents’ bomb attacks occurred. “Unknown gunmen threw two grenades at small restaurants next to each other. Two people dining there were killed in the blasts,” said Haji Ali, a witness.

In a similar incident, the rebels also attacked a military base of the government troops in Hodan district, south of the capital, last night. Residents reported that they could hear a bomb explosion and exchanges of gunfire.

It is not clear if there were any casualties in the incident.

Three civilians have also been wounded in Mogadishu’s Medina district last night after unknown gunmen opened fire at some people sitting outside their home. Witnesses said the wounded have been rushed to a hospital as one of the victims died of hemorrhage in the way.

It is not yet apparent the motive behind the civilian targeting.

28/07/07 (B406) SH NETWORK avec XINHUA Somalia: La Croix-Rouge dénonce la décision des autorités éthiopiennes en Somalie de l’expulser dans sept jours en l’accusant de soutenir les rebelles de l’Ogaden – ICRC rejects Ethiopian charges after expulsion (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

Aweys Osman Yusuf

Mogadishu 27, July.07 ( Sh.M.Network)- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Thursday denied consorting with rebels in Ethiopia’s Ogaden region, and said its expulsion would hurt needy civilians, Xinhua reports on Friday

The Swiss-based humanitarian agency denounced Tuesday’s decision by authorities in Ethiopia’s Somali regional state giving it seven days to leave after 12 years, the official Swissinfo website reported.

“All ICRC activities in Ethiopia are conducted in strict accordance with the principles of independence and neutrality,” Daniel Duvillard, head of ICRC operations for the Horn of Africa, said in a statement.

“The ICRC firmly rejects the accusations made against it.”

Dialogue between the ICRC and the region’s authorities and security forces had deteriorated to a point where “issues of contention were not discussed in depth” before the ejection order was issued, Duvillard said.

The ICRC said it was ready to discuss the matter with Ethiopian authorities so it could continue its humanitarian activities in the Somali regional state, where it deploys 10 expatriates and 79 national staff.

Jama Ahmed, vice-president of the Somali region, said the ICRC must “recognize what they did wrong” before officials consider allowing it to continue work there.

A spokesman for the regional government said on Wednesday that the ICRC had been repeatedly warned “to desist from a smear campaign against the regional government and from supplying material and finance to a rebel group attempting to destabilize the region.”

The ICRC said it carried out its aid work “impartially and on strictly humanitarian grounds.”

“A suspension of ICRC activities will inevitably have a negative impact on the population concerned, whose access to basic services will be reduced,” it said.

27/07/07 (B405) SH.M.NETWORK : (Manifestation contre les forces armées à Mogadiscio) – Somalia: A demonstration against govt. troops happens in Mogadishu (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

Aweys Osman Yusuf

Mogadishu 25, July.07 ( Sh.M.Network)- A huge rally organized by the traders in Karan district, north of Mogadishu, the Somali capital, took place in the district on Wednesday. Hundreds of Somali businessmen and women were chanting anti-government troops slogans, marching inside the district for hours.

They have been demanding that the government should release a businessman, who was detained by the troops on Tuesday, shouting that he had nothing to do with politics.
Mohamoud Hassan Kulmiye, one of the rally-makers, told Shabelle that they will continue staging demonstrations against the government until Aweys Mohammed Gaal, a shopkeeper, who was apprehended by Somali troops yesterday is released.

He also pointed out that they were asking the Somali interim government to punish the troops who raid and rob the market in the district.

Mohammed Gaal, the brother of the detainee, said the government should release his brother immediately. “My brother is innocent and he has been selling his shop for ever and he has never even talked about something relating to politics,” he said.

Contacts made by Shabelle with the Karan district commissioner went impossible.

Somalia transitional government was faced with great hurdles from the remnants of the defeated Union of Islamic Courts since the Ethiopian led military offensive defeated the Islamists and enabled the Western backed government to move into the capital late last year.

The government accuses the Islamist fighters of being responsible for daily bombings against the Ethiopian and Somali troops based in the volatile city.

Since the ouster of former president, Mohammed Siad Barre, Somalia has had no effective central government.

27/07/07 (B405) SH.M.NETWORK : Les troupes éthiopiennes soutenues par les forces gouvernementales organisent un raid sur l’hôpital Banadir de Mogadiscio où elles raflent un certain nombre de personnes dont des malades / Somalia: Ethiopian troops detain number of people from Banadir hospital (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

Aweys Osman Yusuf

Mogadishu 25, July.07 ( Sh.M.Network)- Ethiopian troops accompanied by Somali forces raided Banadir Hospital in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, on Wednesday, taking out a number of people including the a patient and the hospital staff .

Witnesses said the troops supported by four battlewagons made a force entry in to the hospital patient rooms and the operating room asking the names of the wounded people in the hospital.

One of the hospital employees, who asked to remain anonymous because he was afraid of reprisal, told Shabelle that the troops extracted one wounded man who was only admitted to the hospital very recently, one of the staff and three guards.

“The whole people operating in the hospital were frightened and horrified as the soldiers were entering everywhere of the hospital. They had one long list and they asked the names of at least 20 individuals. They forcefully took the hospital ambulance,” the employer said.

In a similar incident the Ethiopian troops have extracted five wounded patients and their relatives of a privately owned hospital in Wardhigley neighborhood, south of the capital, Mogadishu, on July 22.

Witnesses told Shabelle that they saw ten people, five patients and five family members, taken out by the Ethiopian troops, along with Somali forces.

A witness, who only gave his name as Hussein told Shabelle that he was standing near the hospital where he saw a contingent of Ethiopian troops and Somalis entering the hospital.

“They have taken out ten people, five of them showed wounds,” he said.

He pointed out that some of the troops stood on guard while others made their way into the hospital.

“I asked one of the Somali soldiers why those people were taken out and he told me that they were among the insurgents that launched a heavy attack on the government troops in Bakara market two nights before,” he said.

The incident happens as a grenade explosion targeting an Ethiopian convoy occurs around Arafat hospital, north of Mogadishu, on Wednesday. One person was killed and two others were wounded after the Ethiopian troops opened fire indiscriminately.

25/07/07 (B405) Shabelle Sh.M. Netwoork / Le leader islamiste le plus important en Somalie affirme qu’il ne fait pas de différence entre les troupes éthiopiennes et celles de l’Union Africaine. Top Somali Islamist leader says: Ethiopian and AU troops are same to us (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

Aweys Osman Yusuf

Mogadishu 24, July.07 ( Sh.M.Network)- The leader of judiciary council of the defeated Union of Islamic Courts, Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys, said that the political crises in the Horn of African nation would not be tackled as long as Ethiopian troops are in the soil of Somalia.

The leader of judiciary council of the defeated Union of Islamic Courts, Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys

The Arabic online newspaper, Asharqalawsat based in Britain, said it interviewed by the phone Aweys from undisclosed location.

Aweys said the Somalia is under the Ethiopian occupation. "The fight against the Ethiopian troops in Somalia will not stop until all Ethiopians leave the country and go back to where they belong," he said, according to the paper.

He said Males Zenawi, the Ethiopian premier, had no right to impose his political agenda on Somalia which has seen no effectual central authority for more than 16 years, pointing out that Males could not reveal the exact number of Ethiopian soldiers who have been killed in Somalia.

"Males hides the fact that uncountable number of his troops was killed in the country they occupied. It is clear to him that he can succeed in his aggressive battle against the Union of Islamic Courts," he said.

He stated that the prime minister was lying to his population about the loss he faced in Somalia

Asked about his view over the deployment of more African troops to Somalia, Aweys said his Islamist organization was totally opposed to any foreign troops.

"Our motive is apparent. We are against any foreign forces from any where to be deployed to Somalia and make no mistake about it; we will not segregate between the Ethiopian occupation forces and the African Union troops. They are same to us," he said.