US airstrikes are killing civilians in Somalia, Amnesty International says

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Amnesty International says there is credible evidence that US airstrikes in Somalia are killing civilians.

In a report entitled The hidden US war in Somalia; civilian casualties from air strikes in Lower Shabelle, Amnesty International investigates five incidents in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region. The rights group says 14 civilians were killed and eight injured and claims to provide “credible evidence” that US airstrikes were responsible for those deaths.

Report: US airstrikes killing civilians in Somalia

The US has dramatically increased the number of airstrikes conducted in Somalia since 2017, prompting concerns that civilians might be killed in operations. The US government has said there were no civilian casualties reported as a result of increased airstrikes but Amnesty International says it has evidence to prove otherwise.

“Despite this escalation, the US government claims that it has not killed any civilians in Somalia during this period,” the organisation says on the lead page for its report.

“In this report, Amnesty International provides credible evidence to the contrary. The report investigates five incidents in Lower Shabelle, Somalia, in which 14 civilians were killed and eight injured. It provides credible evidence that US air strikes were responsible for four of these incidents and that the fifth was most plausibly caused by a US air strike.”

Amnesty International is calling upon the US to thoroughly investigate cases of potential civilian casualties.

US Africa Command officials have responded to the report, insisting that the military has investigated 18 cases of possible civilian casualties since 2017 and found none of them were credible.

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.