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Thursday, June 30, 2005
  Tsunami aid ship hijacked
Tsunami aid ship hijacked: "NAIROBI - A United Nations-chartered vessel carrying aid for Somali tsunami victims has been hijacked off the coast of Somalia amid a flurry of new piracy warnings for the area, the World Food Programme (WFP) has said.

The freighter hauling 850 tons of Japanese and German food aid was seized by unidentified pirates on Monday between Haradhere and Hobyo, about 300km north-east of Mogadishu, WFP said.

'It is against international humanitarian law to hinder the passage of humanitarian assistance and there is no justification for hijacking,' it said.

The WFP country director for Somalia, Robert Hauser, appealed for the immediate release of the ship, its 10-member crew and the food aid and urged 'local authorities and community elders to intervene in this regard'. "
 
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