Islamic courts, militias emerge in Somalia
Somalia, Politics, 6/27/1998
Acts of violence have been renewed in Somalia at a time when a new side has emerged in the conflict, namely the Islamic courts militias.
Members of these militias who introduce themselves as "soldiers of peace" and armed in full, parade the main streets of several Somali cities in four-engined cars on which they mount heavy machine-guns.
Meanwhile, several Somali warlords have decided to apply the Islamic Sharia (Islamic rules) and establish Islamic courts to fight crime. But such courts have become stronger and able to interfere last Tuesday in battles that took place in Beletwin city in the center of Somalia to stop four days of fighting in which 18 persons were killed.
So far the international community has proposed 12 peace initiatives which have failed, and Makadishu has become empty of foreign working staff recruited in UN humanitarian organizations since last April when representatives of the International Red Cross committee were kidnapped. Few foreigners are still there.
18 Killed or wounded in Makadishu
International conference to discuss situation in Somalia
Cairo peace accord on Somalia dead said warlord
Please add a link on your webiste pointing to ArabicNews.com and bookmark ArabicNews.com & subscribe to our daily email news bulletin.
| Advertise on ArabicNews.com. MyFlowers.com sold more than $2700 of flowers in one month advertising on ArabicNews.com! Make your company, and products a success. Special rate for new and small business. Inquire!Advertising Info