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Doctors’ group leaves Somalia

on August 14, 2013 10:10 AM

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The aid group Doctors Without Borders says it’s pulling out of Somalia after 22 years of work there because of attacks on its staff.

Doctors Without Borders, also known by its French initials as MSF, said today that armed groups and civilian leaders in Somalia “support, tolerate or condone” killings, assaults and abductions of aid workers.

The group said the pull-out will cut off hundreds of thousands of Somali civilians from humanitarian aid.

It comes about a month after two Spanish workers from Doctors Without Borders were released after nearly two years in captivity in Somalia.

MSF’s international president said that respect for humanitarian principles no longer exists in Somalia.

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