Somalia's hard-line Islamist rebel group, al-Shabaab, has ordered the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) to halt all operations and leave the failed horn of Africa state.
In a press statement, al-Shabaab maintains that the agency's food distribution has negatively affected local farmers. The group also accuses the WFP of handing out expired food and of harbouring covert political aims like offering assistance to Ethiopians.
WFP Somalia operation has faced several challenges in recent months, including accusations of diversion of food by its workers to rebels. However, WFP dismissed the charges after its own internal investigations.
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