CAR: 3 dead and a hundred displaced in clashes in the south
At least 3 people died and a dozen were injured on Friday in the south of the Central African Republic in fighting between soldiers and members of an armed group signatory to a peace agreement signed with the government a year ago, we learned Monday from concordant sources.
“There was a clash between members of the Central African Armed Forces (Faca) and those of the Central African Peace Unit ( UPC ) in the city of Alindao,” Vladimir Monteiro told AFP on Monday. – word of the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic, a peacekeeping operation launched in 2014 in this country where 70% of the territory is controlled by armed groups.
A dozen wounded were evacuated and some 125 people took refuge around the UN base in Alindao after the fire of two camps for the displaced, he added.
At least three soldiers from the Central African Republic have lost their lives in the fighting, said government spokesman Ange Maxime Kazagui. About “twenty houses were burned down as well as several businesses”.
The Central African Republic has been torn apart by a civil war since the overthrow of President François Bozizé in 2013 by a coalition of rebel groups. If the signing of a peace agreement on February 6, 2019 between the Bangui government and 14 armed groups, including the UPC , has enabled a significant reduction in violence, the country remains shaken by regular fighting.
The clashes erupted on Friday when elements of the UPC “had arrested a Faca in town”, explained to AFP the sub-prefect of Alindao, Victor de Pascal Ouiabona Yankombona. “While everyone came to collect their wounded, each faction believed in the arrival of reinforcements, leading to an escalation of violence,” he added. This version of the facts was confirmed by UPC officials , contacted by telephone by AFP .
“We must continue to work for the agreement, but we must tell certain parties that this is enough,” the government spokesman said on Saturday. Kazagui also called on the UN , the African Union and international partners, guarantors and facilitators of this agreement, to react: “Sanctions must be taken. Impunity has prevailed for too long in the Central African Republic ”.