UN: UN relief coordinator condemns attacks on IDP sites in CAR

New York, US (PANA) - UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Central African Republic
(CAR), Aurelien Agbenonci, on Tuesday condemned repeated and deadly attacks
that took place last week on sites for internally displaced people (IDPs) in the towns
of Batangafo and Bambari.

The UN, in a statement, said the sudden eruption of inter communal violence in
Batangafo, Ouham Province last Tuesday left at least 10 people killed and several
injured.

Over 730 shelters were burned in the IDP site hosting over 30,000 people,
which is currently the largest site in the country, while in Bambari, Ouaka Province,
the renewed violence left three people killed, more than 30 injured and newly
displaced people.

The statement obtained by PANA in New York, quoted Mr. Agbenonci, as condemning
all attacks causing deaths and injuries among the civilian population, and reminded
all parties involved that the indiscriminate attack against civilians is a war crime.

"The parties involved in the clashes must respect the inalienable rights of men,
women and children to life. Civilians should not be targeted," he said.

He noted that the fresh clashes in Batangafo reportedly forced thousands of people
to flee towards the international non-governmental organizations, the compound
of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA) as
well as some public buildings.

According to him, the spiral of violence was also causing additional humanitarian
needs in the country, and the increasing insecurity was rendering the work of
humanitarian actors even more challenging.

Mr. Agbenonci stressed that despite the rising challenges, humanitarian workers
were committed to stay and deliver live-saving assistance, including the provision
of medical care, water and sanitation, and the distribution of non-food and food
items.

"It is urgent that international laws and conventions are respected and that all
parties to the conflict take immediate action and responsibility to respect the
humanitarian space and secure the rights of the civilian population of the
Central African Republic, who are among the most vulnerable people in the
world. We need to end all this suffering that is unacceptable," he stated.

Until the recent violence, the UN estimates CAR had 399,000 internally displaced
people, while almost 460,000 had fled to neighboring countries.
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17 november 2015 17:01:06




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