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Starving Somalis shot dead as riots break out over food supplies

Somali government soldiers shot dead seven civilians as a riot broke out at a refugee camp in the capital Mogadishu. A mother and her childen wait for assistance at a makeshift medical camp in the Hawlwadag district of Mogadishu, Somalia Photo: EPA By Mike Pflanz, Nairobi 5:47PM BST 05 Aug 2011 Witnesses claimed the chaos erupted when the soldiers tried to steal some of the 290 tonnes of food rations being handed out to famine victims. Several refugees then joined in the scramble for food, prompting some of the soldiers to open fire, witnesses said. “It was carnage. They ruthlessly shot everyone,” said Abdi Awale Nor, who has been living at the camp. Muse Sheikh Ali, another of those…