Clashes between two groups leaves 23 dead in Central African Republic

Fight between two armed rival groups has in Central African Republic (CAR) has left at least 23 people dead and scores wounded, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country (MINUSCA) said.

The clashes between the Popular Front for the Renaissance of the Central African Republic and the Movement of Central African Freedom Fighters for Justice took place in Birao, near the Sudanese border.

The two group who fought in February signed a peace deal with the government of the conflict-ravaged country.

MINUSCA spokesman Vladimir Monteiro in a statement said, “the situation remains tense but there is no more fighting”.

A Zambian contingent of the multinational force is stationed in the area.

On September 5, President Faustin-Archange Touadera said the accord was “quite strong” but the renewed clashes raised further concerns about its effectiveness in ending the violence after years of conflict following the toppling of then-President Francois Bozize in 2013.

Previous peace agreements signed in 2014, 2015 and 2017 broke down.

The fighting has forced nearly half the country’s 4.5 million people to migrate.

The 12,000-strong UN peacekeeping mission, deployed since 2014, has struggled to restore order to the countryside where the government has little or no control and attacks are frequent.

Source : Various