Red Cross suspends food aid to Somalia
Geneva - The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is temporarily suspending food operations in Somalia until local authorities better co-operate with distribution.
The head of the ICRC delegation for Somalia, Patrick Vial, says the decision was made because local authorities have been blocking food and seed supplies from reaching 240 000 people in central and southern Somalia since mid-December.
He said on Thursday the suspension would continue "until we receive assurances from the authorities controlling those areas that distributions can take place unimpeded and reach all those in need, as previously agreed".
The Red Cross is one of the few organisations providing humanitarian aid in these parts of Somalia and says it has helped 1.1 million people since October.