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ICRC warns of worsening Somali crisis

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- The ongoing instability and rebel violence in Somalia is escalating a humanitarian crisis, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

With almost two decades of continuous conflict combined with a devastating drought, the ICRC reported that the lawless situation in Somalia's central region is exacerbating the humanitarian crisis.

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Millions of Somalis rely on humanitarian assistance to survive. With a recent surge in heavy fighting, ICRC officials said humanitarian operations are under threat, short of water and may run out of food in the near future.

"The displaced people are exhausted," Pascal Mauchle, head of the ICRC Somalia delegation, said in a statement.

"Many cannot even find a tree to protect them from the blazing sun. They sit in the open, without shelter, and struggle every day to survive in the harsh conditions."

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