Fighting in Somalia's capital Mogadishu has left dozens dead and hundreds wounded, the International Committee of the Red Cross said as it deplored the high number of civilian casualties.
In a statement from its Geneva headquarters on Thursday, the ICRC said most of the 400 wounded people treated at two hospitals it supports one run by the Somali Red Crescent Society, the other a community hospital have been civilians.
"The ongoing armed clashes in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, have left dozens of people dead," it said.
"Hundreds have been wounded and admitted to hospitals and other medical facilities in the past few days."
"Thousands of people have fled their homes in search of shelter and security."
It added: "The ICRC deplores the high number of civilian casualties and is deeply concerned about the plight of civilians caught up in the fighting."
"It once again calls on all warring parties to comply with international humanitarian law."
Radical Islamist Shebab forces have fought pitched battles with government forces in the capital Mogadishu over the past week.