Scores slain in CAR weekend terror mayhem

CAR. Crowds in Bangu

CAR. Crowds in Bangu

From JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – DOCTORS have appealed for a ceasefire from warring parties to enable them to access scores injured during a terror attack that claimed an unspecified number of civilians and a peacekeeper and in Central African Republic.
The skirmishes followed an attack on the southeastern Bangassou town wherea n armed group opened fire on civilians during an overnight siege and killed scores of people and at least one United Nations peacekeeper.
A wide coalition, including anti-Balaka elements attacked civilian
populations overnight, targeting in particular Muslims, in the Tokoyo
neighborhood of Bangassou.
René Colgo, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders
deputy head of mission currently working in the local hospital, said they had treated 21 wounded people as of the weekend but their teams were aware of children wounded elsewhere in the city but unable to reach medicalcare.
“We are asking all parties currently engaged in open fighting in Bangassou to agree to a ceasefire and allow us to collect the wounded and offer a minimum of humanitarian assistance to the population,” said Colgo.
In recent days, some residents of Bangassou have fled the city but othersbare trapped in their homes or have sought refuge in places that they hope can offer some protection against the violence.
Conflict in the eastern part of CAR has intensified in recent
months,reaching what was previously the relatively stable province of
Mbomou.
Special representative of the United Nations, ParfaitnOnanga-Anyanga,condemned the latest violence.
“We will do everything in our power together with the legitimate
CentralbAfrican authorities to arrest the perpetrators of these horrible
acts.”
CAJ News

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