Somali government has criticized a statement by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) for using collective terms of armed actors and warring parties.

In a joint statement, both agencies used ‘all armed actors’ in their call to show restraint and take constant care to spare civilians in accordance with international humanitarian law.

The agencies said almost 90 people were killed in the weekend bombing in Mogadishu, and more than 140 were injured, among them children and university students.

Responding to the statement, Somali government said the statement is “offensive” to the government and Somali people who are under attack from terrorists.

The government called on both agencies to be careful and to refrain from words which are encouragement for the terrorists.

ICRC and SRCS have not yet commented on the respond by the government regarding to their previously statement.

Last month, a suicide bomber has exploded a car laden with IEDs at Ex-Control locality killing at 88 people and injured over 150 people.

The attack is one of the deadliest in recent years and evoked the horror of the truck bomb in the heart of Mogadishu that killed nearly 580 people in October 2017.


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