The Kenyan government is sending troops into Somalia to pursue the people they say are responsible for the kidnappings of four Europeans in Kenya - and the murder of another. According to Kenyan defense officials, the kidnappings were carried out by members of al-Shabaab, Somalia's most dangerous militant group.
Kenyan tanks, troops, trucks and planes have been seen inside the Somalian border a day after Kenya's Internal Security Minister vowed to set up a "buffer zone" between the two countries. Although this is not the first time Kenya has entered Somalia to counter al-Shabaab, they haven't entered the country on this kind of scale before. An al-Shabaab official called for an armed response to the incursion on a radio station in southern Somalia yesterday: "Get out of your homes and defend your dignity and religion. Today is the day to defend against the enemy."
And the big question is: what does this mean for famine relief efforts in Somalia? According to the Independent, no more Somali famine refugees will be allowed to cross into camps in northern Kenya, and aid workers and UN staff are expected to be evacuated today. Very bad news for the hundreds of thousands of Somalians who are at risk of dying of starvation.