UN: UN Mission in CAR reports clashes with peacekeepers

New York, US (PANA) - The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on Monday said it was concerned about fighting that took place this weekend in several locations around the country, including between anti-Balaka members and peacekeepers.

"On Saturday, anti-Balaka elements clashed with peacekeepers in Berberati when MINUSCA troops were deployed to prevent anti-Balaka attacks in the area," UN spokesperson, Mr. Stephane Dujarric, told UN reporters in New York.

Mr. Dujarric said one anti-Balaka member and one civilian were killed, and the Mission also recovered a number of weapons.

He said the UN peacekeepers were involved in another armed confrontation on Sunday in Nola, and a peacekeeper and one civilian were slightly injured during the clash and four anti-Balaka members were apprehended and disarmed.

The spokesperson said the Mission also reported fighting near Bambari on Saturday between anti-Balaka and the ex-Seleka branch of "General" Ali Darass’ forces, and three ex-Seleka and four civilians were said to have died and four others were wounded.

"Today (Monday), in Batangafo, the situation is tense, the Mission reports, after two ex-Seleka were killed by anti-Balaka members.

"The Mission is also closely monitoring the situation and addressing these issues both through political channels and providing security with its troops and the Human Rights Division of the Mission will also deploy a mobile human rights unit to investigate further," Mr. Dujarric stated.

Earlier this month, UN Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Herve Ladsous, warned of a potentially explosive situation in CAR amid continuing violent clashes between the mainly Muslim Seleka alliance and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christians.
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22 december 2014 22:29:13

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