Fighting between CAR armed groups leaves 25 dead: UN

2017-09-13 11:43
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Bangui - At least 25 people in the Central African Republic have been killed in recent sectarian clashes between armed groups, while a new wave of thousands have been made homeless by the violence, the UN said on Tuesday.

In the central city of Bria, preliminary estimates indicate "at least 10 bodies and about 50 wounded" after fighting between two rival factions of an armed group on September 7 and 8, the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its weekly report, received by AFP.

In the east of the poor landlocked country, around 15 people were killed and some 80 houses torched in a violent confrontation between two communities in the village of Yakapi, OCHA added.

OCHA's death toll is in addition to at least six people killed since Thursday in Batangafo, a northwestern town where more than 28,000 are without aid, according to several humanitarian sources.

The UN humanitarian coordinator in Central Africa, Najat Rochdi, "condemned the attack targeting civilians and humanitarian organisations at Batangafo," where an NGO worker was among those killed.

Zones of influence 

Half of the 4.5 million Centrafricans depend on humanitarian aid, according to the UN.

On Friday, Amnesty International reported that civilians in central areas of the country were enduring "a horrifying surge in torture, pillage and forced displacement."

The number of displaced people has grown from 400 000 in January to 800 000 in August, according to the country's committee for international NGO coordination.

The Central African Republic, a former French colony, was pitched into a war between Muslim and Christian militias in 2013 after president Francois Bozize, a Christian, was overthrown by a coalition of Muslim-majority rebel groups called the Seleka, who in turn were driven from power.

Renewed violence among different armed groups has erupted as they fight to establish zones of influence and gain control of natural resources, which include diamonds, timber and gold.

The UN aid chief Stephen O'Brien warned in late August that there were early signs of genocide in the country, according to diplomats.

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