Monday, December 30, 2013

Reports Of Heavy Gunfire In The Central African Republic's Capital

Heavy Weapons Fire Breaks Out In Central African Republic's Capital -- Reuters

(Reuters) - Heavy weapons fire rang out in the north of Central African Republic's capital Bangui early on Monday in what the government said were clashes with Christian militias.

French and African troops have struggled to contain violence between Muslim Seleka rebels and Christian militias that has already killed 1,000 people this month and displaced hundreds of thousands.

"There was heavy weapons fire north of Bangui for a few hours and several neighborhoods were affected," Amy Martin, head of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Bangui told Reuters.

A Reuters witness in the capital reported shell explosions and mortar fire, adding that it had stopped by late morning.

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More News On The Continuing Violence In The Central African Republic

Central African Republic: Troops struggle to contain violence -- Christian Science Monitor/Reuters
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Thousands flood camp in Central African Republic -- Reuters
Hundreds attempt to flee Central African Republic on emergency flights --
Chadian refugees recount horror after C.Africa attacks -- AFP
Children 'beheaded and mutilated' in Central African Republic, says Unicef -- The Guardian

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