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VIOLENCE HALTS FOOD AIRLIFT TO SOMALI TOWN
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VIOLENCE HALTS FOOD AIRLIFT TO SOMALI TOWN

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The Red Cross suspended food airlifts Sunday to the western town of Belet Huen after gunmen looted a kitchen and clan warriors threatened aid workers, an official said.

The events underscore the difficulties faced by aid groups trying to feed the starving in Somalia, which is rife with banditry, looting and clan disputes.One person was killed and one wounded in the attack on the feeding kitchen Saturday, said Gregoire Tavernier, spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Kenya. The looters stole about 440 pounds of rice, beans and vegetable oil.

Earlier, a clan that lost a feud over the contract to transport Red Cross food issued death threats against the agency's workers, Tavernier said.

- From Wire Reports

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