Central African Republic violence 'highly worrying,' UN says

Central African Republic violence 'highly worrying,' UN says

Central African Republic violence 'highly worrying,' UN says

An overnight attack targeted civilians in the town of Bangassou as well as a United Nations mission field office and "in the firefight, one peacekeeper of the Moroccan contingent died from gunshot injuries", the United Nations mission MINUSCA said in a statement.

Thousands of people fleeing troubled Central African Republic have streamed into DR Congo following an outbreak of sectarian violence in the border city of Bangassou, the UN's refugee agency said Tuesday.

The U.N. mission noted that "deliberate attacks in Bangassou, with heavy weaponry, seem to be well-planned as the perpetrators made access very hard by destroying bridges and blocking all accessible roads to town", said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general.

The attack in the city of Bangassou also claimed the lives of civilians.

Besides these two incidents, the statement said, at least 121 civilians have been killed in auto between March and May 2017.

So far, the bodies of at least 26 people have been identified.

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Fighting in and around Bangassou, in a region on the Congolese border previously sheltered from years of conflict, has also caused an undetermined number of civilian deaths.

The attack came just hours after the United Nations held a memorial ceremony to honor five peacekeepers, four Cambodians and one Moroccan, killed on May 8 in a nearby village of Yogofongo, in a deadly attack perpetrated by suspected anti-Balaka elements.

Rebel fighters in the Central African Republic. Between 6 and 20 March, UPC elements also allegedly attacked civilians in Rou and Ndjolina villages, where they killed nine civilians including two children, wounded many others, and set fire to homes. This is the deadliest attack against MINUSCA since its deployment at the end of 2014. "An estimated 467 800 people, the majority of them Muslim, remained refugees in neighbouring countries", Human Rights Watch said in its 2017 report on the vehicle.

Nearly half of the population of the central African state depends on humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Office of Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs.

He said the worldwide community will be "relentless" in apprehending the perpetrators of these crimes and all their commanders, including some instigators who may be sponsoring these attacks from Bangui.

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