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Somalia Allows U.N. Humanitarian Flights

by Pat Coate | December 29, 2006
"The U.N. aid operation is trying to save as many lives as possible as quickly as possible."
- Margareta Wahlstrom, acting U.N. emergency relief coordinator

Mogadishu, Somalia - Shortly after wresting control of Somalia's capital from Islamic militants, the U.N.-backed transitional government Thursday approved the immediate resumption of humanitarian flights.

The U.N. plan is to resume cargo and passenger flights to the southern port of Kismayo to reach flood-affected areas, and to other locations to quickly reach thousands displaced by the fighting, OCHA said.

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