Relief SCENE:
Al-Shabaab Demands Aid Help or Else
Al-Shabaab Warns of Tough Action Against Aid Agencies That Don't Help
By MOHAMED SHIIL 09/23/2011
Senior al-Shabaab leader Sheikh Muktar Robow (known as Abu Mansoor) called for international aid agencies to quickly deliver aid and begin operations to drought-affected Somalis living in areas under their control.

“Al-Shabaab will take tougher actions if these agencies fail to deliver aid to the drought-stricken people in the areas we control including Bay and Bakol regions,” said Abu Mansoor to speaking a crowd of his supporters on Thursday in Baidoa.

The al-Shabaab leader implored aid agencies to continue their efforts of airlifting aid to southern Somalia or be banned once again.

“The first airlifted food arrived here in Baidoa. If the aid agencies have no hidden agenda then they will continue supporting the IDPs in our areas. If not, we will make our decision to bar them from operate here again," he vowed.

Earlier this year al-Shabaab lifted their ban on aid agencies operating in the areas they control.

Recently, Turkish aid workers delivered food aid to Somalis in KM50 IDP camp in al-Shabaab's controlled region of Lower Shabelle.

Transitional Federal Government later issued a statement barring aid workers and journalists from crossing into the insurgent-held positions citing safety reasons.

Fighting Kills 3 in Dhobley

Meanwhile, at least three people were killed and three others wounded after fighting broke out between government forces and al-Shabaab Islamic militants last night in a small settlement on the outskirts of Dhobley town of Lower Jubba region, according to residents and officials who spoke to Somalia Report.

“Al-Shabaab launched an attack on our bases and our forces fiercely repulsed them, confiscating weapons from the insurgents,” Abdikarim Ali, TFG military official told Somalia Report.

Since al-Shabaab pulled out of the capital, it has reinforced its attacks against government positions in the regions including Lower Jubba, Gedo and central regions using hit and run tactics.