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The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights denounced on Monday the increase in crimes in Somalia against civilian victims, where at least 613 people have died and another 948 have been injured so far in 2022.

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The body led by High Commissioner Volker Türk, reported in a statement that these are the highest figures in the last five years, with acts of extreme violence attributable to the jihadist organization Al Shabab, tribal militias and state security forces.

Türk urged the parties to guarantee the protection of civilians, since “this year has ended a general downward trend in deaths and injuries since 2017.”

The document states that at least 315 Somalis have died and 686 have received damage from improvised explosive devices, most of them at the hands of Al Shabab.

“Deliberately attacking civilians or destroying essential infrastructure for this population constitutes a war crime under international law, and must stop,” Türk demanded.

The high commissioner critically emphasized the attacks by the jihadist organization against homes, wells, bridges and schools, objectives unrelated to the concept of war.

He also condemned the suicide attack on October 29 that caused 121 deaths in Mogadishu, the capital of the African nation, as a terrorist act.

Disclaimer: Via Telesur – Translated by RJ983

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