Refugee ban granted by US Supreme Court

By the decision of lower court and the justice department, 24,000 additional refugees, who were granted an allowance to enter the US before October, were banned due to Supreme Court Justices grant on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. This was done on the basis of a request from the Trump administration block.

On March 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump had signed a revised order banning travelers and refugees from six Muslim majority countries, namely, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, for 90 days and 120 days respectively. Trump claimed that the reason for this ban was to prevent terrorists. Though there had been no definite information regarding the permanence or the expansion of the limit of the ban.

As the Lower Courts argued that this ban goes against the constitution and feudal immigration law, the High Court agreed to look into the matter, but did not came up with anything constructive. After the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, it has been decided that, people having authentic relationships with legal US residents or with entities in the US, will be exempted from the travel ban. But, nothing has been specified about the refugee allowance.

As reported by Reuters, senior director of campaigns, Naureen Shah of Amnesty International of USA said, “The Supreme Court today had dealt yet another devastating blow to vulnerable people who were on the cusp of obtaining safety for themselves and their families. They continue to be subjected to unimaginable violence and fear while their lives are in limbo.”

Sourced from Reuters and Al jazeera

 

Al-Shabaab militant group blasts Mogadishu; 16 killed

Somali capital Mogadishu shook to a blast carried out by a suicide car bomber, which killed at least 16 and left dozens injured. “We assisted 48 wounded people and carried 16 others who were killed in the blast,” said Abdikadir Abdirahman Adem, director of Mogadishu’s AMIN ambulance service.

The intensity of the bomb was so great, that it was heard across the city, with thick plumes of smoke covering the skyline reported The Guardian.

The blast site was close to the entrance of Mogadishu’s port, some taxmen along with security personnel got injured.

Al-Qaida inclined Al-Shabaab militant group claimed responsibility for the blast, in their Telegram messaging account. They targeted a military base which is located close to the airport.

Their motive is to usurp the government of Somalia, and in their bid to do so they carry out regular terror attacks on not only civilian clustered areas but also on government and military outfits. Elections in Somalia are knocking at the door, as the country is set to go to poll onDecember 28.

SOURCE : BBC

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Somalia restaurant attack: 22 killed, several injured

Mogadishu: At least 22 people have died and 17 injured in an attack on a beach-side restaurant in the

capital city of Somalia on Thursday. The gunmen, carrying AK-47’s and wearing suicide vests, reportedly

arrived in boats and opened fire on the diners at around 07:30 pm local time.

The Liido Seafood Restaurant overlooking a Mogadishu beach was hosting a graduation ceremony and a

wedding and was heavily crowded that evening. The Liido beach attracts thousands of young

Somalis, who come to relax and enjoy the beach and surf. The terrorists rammed a car into the entrance

of the restaurant, and opened fire at random people. Besides, they detonated two other bombs in the

adjoining hotel.

The government forces put up a brave confrontation, pursuing the gunmen holed up in the hotel,

rescuing people. The country’ Security Minister claims that the security forces have killed at least 6

attackers and captured the alleged commander alive. The Somali Prime Minister has condemned the

assault, calling it “barbaric”.

Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility of the attack. The extremist organization is linked to the Al Qaeda

and aims at making the African nation ‘a fundamentalist Islamic state’. It was apparently ousted from

the Mogadishu in 2011, but still has a presence in large areas of southern Somalia.

The group has carried out frequent assaults on the Somali capital. Last week, Al Shabaab militants

staged a deadly attack on an African Union base in southwestern Somalia, killing dozens of Kenyan

troops.

Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/21/africa/somalia-violence/