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January 12, 2012 1:07 pm

International Red Cross Suspends Food Aid In Somalia, Blaming Islamist Rebels

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Reuters – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday it had suspended food distribution to 1.1 million people in central and southern Somalia after Islamist militants blocked deliveries in parts of the famine-hit country.

A Somali government minister told Reuters the suspension could worsen the humanitarian crisis in a country where 250,000 Somalis already live in famine conditions and a total of 4 million need aid, according to U.N. figures.

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