- Title: MALI: Wounded Malian soldiers receive treament in Sevare
- Date: 26th January 2013
- Summary: SEVARE, MALI (JANUARY 24, 2013) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS)B * QUALITY AS INCOMING* ENTRANCE OF TOWN WITH MALIAN AND FRENCH FLAGS FLOATING ARMY PICK UP WITH SOLDIER DRIVING INTO TOWN VARIOUS WOUNDED MEN IN HOSPITAL, MOST OF THEM WEARING MILITARY FATIGUES, SOME WEARYING CIVILIAN CLOTHES STREET SCENES
- Embargoed: 10th February 2013 12:00
- Location: Mali
- Country: Mali
- Topics: Conflict,Health,Politics
- Reuters ID: LVAA0NKOEGG8JJ7TQ2LWVW8TKXUO
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- Story Text: Malian soldiers wounded in the battle to recapture the strategic northern town of Konna were being treated in a nearby hospital in Sevare on Thursday (January 24).
Islamist fighters drove the Malian army out of Konna on January 10, in the fiercest fighting since militant groups seized control of northern Mali nine months ago.
As a direct consequence, Mali's government appealed for urgent military aid from France.
France answered their request, and on January 11, French President Francois Hollande said his country would not stand by to watch the rebels push southward toward Mali's capital, Bamako. The former colonial power quickly intervened with air strikes.
France's deployment immediately tipped the military balance of power to the Malian government forces, who swept back into Konna.
Soldiers wounded in the battle to retake Konna were taken to a hospital in government-held Sevare about 50 km (30 miles) to the south.
The capture of Konna by the rebels - who have imposed strict Sharia Islamic law in northern Mali - had caused panic among residents who started to flee.
More than two decades of peaceful elections had earned Mali a reputation as a bulwark of democracy in a part of Africa better known for turmoil - an image that unravelled in a matter of weeks after a military coup last March that paved the way for the Islamist rebellion.
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