Aid official held in Somalia

Arrest comes during raid by government soldiers on World Food Programme office.

    The UN food agency has said months of fighting has severely impaired aid deliveries [EPA]

    Mohammed Adow, Al Jazeera's correspondent speaking from Nairobi, said: "A senior government official told me they had Mr Osman with them and the police were interrogating him, but they were not ready to give any more information.
     
    "It is such arrests, and the complaints about humanitarian access, that have been a concern for many."
     
    Barry Came, an agency spokesman at the WFP's headquaters in Rome, said the organisation was "still trying to ascertain the exact circumstances" of Osman's arrest.
     
    In April, the interim government promised the UN it would clear obstacles to providing aid to thousands of Somalis uprooted by the conflict in the country.
     
    But the UN food agency has said months of fighting between fighters and the joint Somali-Ethiopian forces has severely impaired aid deliveries.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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