Somali food aid shipments halted
Red Cross says al-Shabab blockade has led them to halt food distribution to more than one million people.
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2012 06:54

The International Red Cross (ICRC) has suspended food distribution to central Somalia's famine-stricken Middle Shabelle and Gal-gadud regions.

The ICRC says al-Shabab fighters have blocked aid trucks from reaching the famine victims, but leaders linked to the group said they wanted to test the food to make sure it was safe.

The Red Cross however says a four-week delay without explanation has led them to halt aid deliveries to both regions, a decision which has left over one million Somalis, still recovering from last year's famine, hungry.

Al Jazeera's Emike Umolu reports.

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