WORLD

World Notes

March 8 1993
WORLD

World Notes

March 8 1993

World Notes

WORLD

MOGADISHU'S MEAN STREETS

Chanting “Go home, Americans,” supporters of clan leader Mohamed Farah Aideed blocked roads and attacked U.S. marines with knives, stones and bare hands during two days of rioting in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. The riots, sparked by Aideed’s accusation that the U.S. military was supporting rival warlord Mohamed Said Hersi, left a reported nine Somalis dead and at least 20 others wounded. Nigerian, U.S. and Botswanese troops later engaged Mogadishu gunmen in the most violent firefights since the 33,000-strong multinational force arrived to restore order in Somalia last December.

DROPPING IN

As fighting continued between Muslims and rebel Serbs in war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina, President Bill Clinton announced that American military supply aircraft would begin air drops of aid packages this week. Clinton cautioned that the airlifts would be “carried out strictly for humanitarian purposes.” At week’s end, U.S. airplanes began dropping thousands of leaflets warning the combatants not to interfere—and advising civilians to look out for the 2,000-lb. packages of food and medicine falling from the sky.

NUCLEAR ISRAEL

The Russian Foreign Intelligence Service estimated that Israel has produced as many as 200 nuclear warheads since 1970, and now has sufficient materials and technology to build five to 10 weapons a year. Western intelligence reports had formerly estimated the number of warheads produced by Israel’s highly secretive nuclear program at fewer than 100.

A PAPAL PLEA

In a letter to Catholic Archbishop Vinko Puljik in Sarajevo, Pope John Paul II urged pregnant rape victims in Bosnia-Herzegovina not to have abortions, but to “transform an act of violence into an act of love and welcome.” An estimated 20,000 women, most of them Muslim, have been raped in the Bosnian conflict.

NEW DELHI CRACKDOWN

After weeks of violence between Hindus and Muslims over rival claims to a holy site, and a casualty toll of at least 2,000 lives in December and January, 75,000 police were deployed in New Delhi to quell a government protest march organized by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party. Security forces detained 1,000 of the 30,000 protesters, including 110 members of Parliament for the BJP.