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Somali militants hinder humanitarian aid

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Fresh fighting between Islamist militants and government troops in Somalia could trigger a new phase of humanitarian crisis in war-torn Somalia and prompt the UN Security Council to consider peacekeeping operations.

International aid agencies warned on Wednesday that Somalia had become too dangerous for its workers to help more than a million civilians living in difficult conditions. Fresh fighting erupted near the capital of Mogadishu in clashes between Islamist fighters and Somali troops, Agence France-Presse reports.

Islamist fighters overwhelmed government troops and seized a key town in the latest in a series of successful raids, The New York Times reports.

Thirty-nine aid organizations, including Oxfam, World Vision, and Save the Children, warned Wednesday of a possible humanitarian disaster ahead of a UN Security Council debate today on Somalia. The groups issued a similar warning in October 2007. The aid groups released a statement Wednesday, reports humanitarian website Reliefweb:

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