Somalia’s Al-Shabab ‘sets up COVID-19 treatment center’

Somali government soldiers walk near a car at the Benadir checkpoint in Mogadishu, Somalia August 5, 2018. (REUTERS)
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Updated 14 June 2020

Somalia’s Al-Shabab ‘sets up COVID-19 treatment center’

  • “International health organizations said COVID-19 is terribly spreading in countries of Africa continent”

MOGADISHU: Somalia’s militant group Al-Shabab said on Friday they had set up a COVID-19 treatment center in the country, and said the disease posed a grave threat, citing international health authorities.
“Al-Shabab’s corona (virus) prevention and treatment committee has opened a COVID-19 center,” the group said in a broadcast on their radio Andalus, adding the center had been set up in Jilib, about 380 km south of the capital Mogadishu.
“International health organizations said COVID-19 is terribly spreading in countries of Africa continent.”
For more than a decade the group has been fighting to topple the Horn of Africa’s Western-backed central government and establish its own government.
It frequently carries out bombings and gun assaults in Somalia against both military and civilian targets including hotels, intersections and checkpoints.

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For more than a decade the group has been fighting to topple the Horn of Africa’s Western-backed central government and establish its own government.

In the broadcast a man who identified himself as Sheikh Mohamed Bali thanked Al-Shabab for setting up the center and asked those with symptoms to report to the center.
“We thank the administration who established the center, we ask the people not to hide (the) disease to avoid spreading of the virus, people should report to the center,” he said.
Another person in the broadcast who did not identify himself said the center is ready with vehicles to transport suspected coronavirus patients who call in seeking for care.


India says Indian, Chinese troops disengaging from standoff

Updated 11 July 2020

India says Indian, Chinese troops disengaging from standoff

  • Indian officials say a standoff between the two armies began in early May
  • The situation turned deadly when the rival troops engaged in hand-to-hand fighting in the Galwan Valley

NEW DELHI: India’s external affairs minister said Saturday that Indian and Chinese troops are disengaging from a monthslong standoff along the countries’ undemarcated border following a clash last month that left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead.
Subrahmanyam Jaishankar’s remarks came a day after China’s ambassador to India said that Indian and Chinese front-line troops are disengaging in accordance with an agreement reached by their military commanders.
“It’s very much a work in progress,” Jaishankar said, adding that both sides agreed on the need to disengage because troops are deployed very close to each other.
The Chinese ambassador, Sun Weidong, said Friday that the two countries should be partners rather than rivals and handle their differences properly to bring their ties back on the right track.
Indian officials say a standoff between the two armies began in early May when large contingents of Chinese soldiers entered deep inside Indian-controlled territory at three places in Ladakh.
The situation turned deadly when the rival troops engaged in hand-to-hand fighting in the Galwan Valley, where India is building a strategic road connecting the region to an airstrip close to China. India says that 20 of its soldiers were killed in the June 15 clash and that there were casualties on the Chinese side as well.
China hasn’t confirmed any casualties on its side.
Through video conferencing on Friday, senior foreign ministry officials from the two countries reviewed the progress made in the disengagement process by the two armies at the disputed border, known as the Line of Actual Control.
The disputed border covers about 3,500 kilometers (2,175 miles) of frontier and stretches from Ladakh in the north to the Indian state of Sikkim in the northeast.
India and China fought a border war in 1962 that also spilled into Ladakh. The two countries have been trying to settle their border dispute since the early 1990s, without success.