6,000 Killed in Mogadishu in 2007

700,000 displaced as brutal Somalian civil war grinds on
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2007 11:19 AM CST
A displaced Somali child carries a banner which reads "Please Give us Care and Relief" on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007. Violence in Somalia's capital has killed nearly 6,000 civilians this year, the country's...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Somalia's bloody civil war between the Ethiopian-backed provisional government and Islamic insurgents has killed 5,960 people this year in Mogadishu alone, according to the country's oldest human rights group. And more than 700,000 Somalians have been displaced, the AP reports, though data gathering has become more difficult since the government banned the organization, Elman Human Rights.

The Somali government's attempts, supported by Ethiopia, to block the rise of an Islamic group have led to an Iraq-style insurgency that has precipitated endless violence in which grenade and mortar attacks have become the norm. Condoleezza Rice is set to travel next week to Ethiopia, where she will support the government's attempts to end the insurgency.