The African Union in Somalia (AMISOM) has broken silence on reports that their airstrikes killed civilians in the Gedo region of Somalia.
This follows a statement issued by Somalia’s ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation dated June 4 2021 that alleged that the strikes had led to the death of many civilians.
The statement relates to reports of airstrikes against civilians in the Gedo region of Somalia allegedly by the troop contributing country to Amisom.
In a statement seen by The Nile Post, Amisom said it is currently engaged in gathering information on the reported incident and they shall work closely with the federal government of Somalia, the ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and all other relevant stakeholders as they investigate the matter.
“Amisom is obliged to carry out it’s mandated tasks in Somalia in manners that are consistent with it’s troop and police contributing countries obligations under all applicable international legal instruments,”the statement from the Mission reads in part.
Amisom said it is committed to investigating all allegations of rights violations that are levelled against troops under it’s command in Somalia.
“Amisom shall fully Investigate the alleged incident and the findings shall be shared with relevant stakeholders,”the statement further reads.