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As international pressure mounts on Mali’s coup makers to return to barracks, a coalition of political parties and civil society groups in Bamako has formed a united front to lead strikes and civil disobedience campaigns against the junta.
Last Thursday’s military coup in Mali will be the main agenda issue of an extraordinary summit of the sub-regional bloc, ECOWAS on Tuesday in Ivory Coast main city, Abidjan.
ECOWAS Chairman, Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara is convening the summit.
At least four civilians were killed from stray bullets during last Thursday’s military coup in the Malian capital, Bamako, said Amnesty International.
After a day and night of heavy shooting, uneasy calm returns to Mali’s capital, Bamako on Thursday, as mutineer soldiers who staged a coup try to consolidate their grip on power, but ECOWAS, African Union and the US have condemned it.
Renegade soldiers have toppled President Amani Toumani Toure of Mali and created a military junta.
Protesting soldiers of the Malian army have taken control of the state-owned broadcaster, Malian Radio and Television Office (ORTM), WADR correspondent has confirmed.
The UN refugee agency, UNHCR says refugees from Mali continue to arrive in neighbouring countries, fleeing fighting in the north between government troops and rebels.
Three Malian soldiers captured by rebels fighting in the north of the country have been released and handed over to Malian authorities on Thursday, through the help of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The World Bank is providing Mali with 14 billion CFA Francs to improve the country’s access to reproductive health services.
More than two million women in three regions of Mali are being targeted.
As the situation worsens in the Sahel, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has appealed for about 10 million euros to bring aid to some 700,000 people in Mali and Niger and prevent a major humanitarian crisis in both countries.