23 Innocent Lives Lost in Somalia Due to Turkish Drone Attack

Reports from Mogadishu, Somalia reveal that 23 civilians lost their lives due to alleged Turkish drone strikes. The Amnesty International organization is calling for immediate investigations into these incidents, which they label as ‘crimes against humanity’ and war crimes.

The tragic events took place on March 18, 2024, resulting in the deaths of 14 children, 5 women, and 4 men belonging to the marginalized Gorgaarte clan. A total of 17 individuals were also injured in the airstrikes. The strikes occurred near Bagdad village in the Lower Shabelle region after intense ground fighting between Al-Shabaab and Somali security forces.

Amnesty International is urging both the Somali and Turkish governments to conduct thorough investigations into the matter to avoid further civilian casualties. The Regional Director for East and Southern Africa at Amnesty International, Tigere Chagutah, emphasized the importance of seeking justice for the victims and their families.

Using MAM-L glide bombs dropped from TB-2 drones, the Turkish drone strikes targeted civilian locations without distinguishing between military and non-military objectives, which can be classified as war crimes. Witnesses confirmed that Al-Shabaab fighters were present in Bagdad during the clashes, leading to a devastating outcome for innocent civilians.

The Somali government reported retaliatory actions against Al-Shabaab militants, but the control of the TB-2 drone during the Jaffey farm strikes remains unclear. Reports suggest that Turkish forces operated the drones under the direction of Somali authorities. Turkey has been a key ally in Somalia’s security efforts, training elite GorGor troops and overseeing defense agreements.

In the midst of these tragic events, it is essential to prioritize truth, justice, and reparations for the affected individuals. By shedding light on these incidents, we can work towards preventing similar atrocities in the future.

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