Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Militia Violence Spreads In Central African Republic

Reuters: Up to 100 killed last week in Central African Republic as militia violence spreads: U.N.

As many as 100 people were killed last week in militia violence in southern Central African Republic and fighting fueled by ethnic and religious rivalries is spreading, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

The violence represents a new escalation in a conflict that began in 2013 when mainly Muslim Seleka fighters seized power and ousted then-President Francois Bozize, prompting reprisal killings from Christian anti-balaka militias.

Clashes intensified on Monday in the town of Bria, about 300 km (180 miles) from the southern-eastern border town of Bangassou during the day, forcing about 1,000 civilians to seek shelter near the U.N. base, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres's spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said.

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More News On The Ongoing Violence In Central African Republic

Spreading violence in Central African Republic sets off 'loud alarm bells' – UN human rights chief -- UN News Centre
Central African Republic Violence 'Highly Worrying,' UN Says -- AP
Killings Flare in Central African Republic as UN Expresses Alarm -- Bloomberg
Christian militias launch deadly assault in Central African Republic -- DW
UN expresses alarm over attacks against civilian, UN targets in CAR -- Xinhuanet
Central African Republic: “Bangassou Has Turned Into a Battlefield; We Fear the Worst for the Civilian Population” -- Relief Web
Central Africa refugees stream into DR Congo by the thousands -- AFP

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