Five dead, MSF treating 45 injured including 31 children Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) staff in Marere, in Lower Juba Region, southern Somalia, are treating dozens of injured following an aerial bombardment on the town of Jilib that hit a camp for internally displaced people at around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. At least five people are reported dead. MSF is currently treating 45 injured, 31 of whom are children. MSF staff are transporting the wounded to the hospital in Marere for stabilization and treatment and may have to refer some patients to other facilities due to limits to the surgical capacity at the hospital. Somalia is being hit by a severe humanitarian crisis and hundreds of thousands have been displaced due to violence and drought. Jilib houses a population of around 1,500 displaced households and MSF had been providing them with medical care, including therapeutic feeding for acutely malnourished children. Staff also distribute basic relief items such as soap, cooking oil, blankets and shelter materials. MSF urges all parties to the conflict in Somalia to respect the rights of civilians. MSF has been working in Somalia continuously since 1991 and currently operates 13 projects in the country, including medical activities related to the present emergency, as well as vaccination and nutrition interventions. In Dadaab, Kenya, MSF resumed operations in 2009, while it also assists Somali refugees in the camps of Dolo Ado, Ethiopia.

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