UN: Clashes in north-western CAR cause renewed displacement

New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Jens Laerke, a official of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), says fighting from 30 to 31 July in Batangafo in the Central African Republic (CAR) has caused renewed displacement.

Mr. Laerke, who spoke with UN reporters on Friday, said skirmishes between ex-Seleka and anti-Balaka elements had left some 20,000 people displaced in the town and thousands more on major roads in the region.

The OCHA official said that, an inter-agency assessment mission would be deployed to Batangafo early next week, noting that, clashes on 4 August again affected the humanitarian situation and hindered humanitarian access to those people.

He quoted CAR’s Senior Humanitarian Coordinator, Ms. Claire Bourgeois, as calling on all parties involved in the fighting to respect the civilian population and humanitarian agencies trying to help them.

Ms. Bourgeois also called for a return to peace in line with the spirit of the recent Brazzaville ceasefire accord.

Anti-balaka and ex-Seleka rebels have been embroiled in fighting since the latter were ousted from power in January 2014, with inter-communal retaliatory attacks continuing to fuel the conflict.

The fighting has left over half the population – 2.5 million people - in need of humanitarian assistance with an estimated 527,000 people still internally displaced, including 102,000 in the capital, Bangui.
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08 august 2014 21:56:44

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