9 Aug 2011

Aid arrives in Mogadishu

9:53 am on 9 August 2011

The United Nations Refugee Agency says a flight bringing aid for victims of the Somali famine has landed in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

It is the agency's first airlift into the city for five years.

An estimated 100,000 people have arrived in the city in the last two months in search of food.

The al-Shabaab rebel group was reported to have pulled out of the city on on Saturday, but its fighters are still patrolling some areas.

There are five famine zones in Somalia. The UN says 3.2 million people - almost half the population - are in need of assistance.