Somali Rebels Tell WFP to Leave Country

The Islamist rebel group al-Shabaab told the World Food Program to stop operations in Somalia, Bloomberg reports. The group accused the U.N. agency of supporting foreign military troops as well as undermining the country’s agriculture industry. Anyone working with WFP, the group said, is “guilty of aiding the harm of the country.”

Somali state minister of defense Sheikh Yusuf Mohamed Siad Indha’ade said WFP should continue its work because the food aid it provides is very important for Somalia’s vulnerable population.

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