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(Jihad Watch) – A maternity hospital in Mogadishu , the capital of Somalia , has been forced to close after a doctor who removed a woman’s womb in a life-saving operation received death threats from her family. The doctor insists the surgery was essential, but her family says she is “as good as dead” because she can no longer bear children. Members of the family, who are reportedly claiming compensation of 50 camels, hired gunmen to threaten staff at the city’s SOS hospital.Patients were evacuated and medical workers went on strike on Monday, complaining of intimidation by the 20 or so hired gunmen, who have been prowling the hospital grounds and harassing staff. The woman’s uterus was removed by Bashir Sheikh, head of obstetrics and gynaecology at the hospital. He said the operation was vital because the woman was carrying a dead fetus. “I was waiting to be thanked, but instead I am receiving death threats,” he told the BBC.The cause of the fetus’s death was not known, but the most likely cause of complications was that that the mother had been circumcised. During female circumcision in Somalia , the vagina is sewn together to leave a tiny aperture, causing internal damage and prolonging childbirth for up to 10 days. Elders, religious leaders and women’s groups have been calling on the family to withdraw the militiamen, but they say they will back down only if they get the 50 camels – the traditional Somali compensation for taking a woman’s life.