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    Posted: Dec 09 2013 at 11:56am

France vows immediate action in Central African Republic after battle

By Emmanuel Braun and Paul-Marin Ngoupana

BANGUI Thu Dec 5, 2013 5:56pm EST


 
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Seleka soldiers raise their fists while riding in a pick-up truck during fighting in Bangui, Central African Republic, December 5, 2013.
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(Reuters) - France said it would act immediately in Central African Republic after securing U.N. backing to halt sectarian violence that rocked the capital on Thursday and risked escalating into widespread civilian massacres.

A Reuters witness and an aid worker said at least 105 people were killed in fierce fighting in Bangui between mainly Muslim former rebels now in charge of the country and a mix of local Christian militia and fighters loyal to ousted president Francois Bozize. Many were civilians.

Mindful of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, when hundreds of thousands were killed as the world looked on, the United States and other Western powers have urged swift international action to prevent the anarchy in Central African Republic leading to atrocities against the civilian population.

Most of the fighting in Bangui had eased by midday and the streets were largely deserted, but the death toll mounted and there were reports of widespread abuses during the fighting.

"I have decided to act immediately, in other words, this evening," French President Francois Hollande told reporters, hours after a vote at the U.N. Security Council authorized French and African troops to use force to protect civilians.

An arms embargo was also imposed on the country and the Security Council asked the United Nations to prepare for a possible peacekeeping mission.

WORST VIOLENCE

France has about 650 troops based at Bangui airport. Some 250 of these were deployed in town on Thursday to protect French interests and citizens. Hollande said the numbers of French troops present in the country would be doubled as early as this evening due to reinforcements from neighboring states.

Hundreds of French troops had been pre-positioned in Cameroon, Gabon and Chad, pending the U.N. approval to help restore order in Central African Republic.

The former French colony has slipped into chaos since mainly Muslim rebels seized power in March, leading to tit-for-tat sectarian violence with the Christian majority. However, the violence on Thursday was the worst the capital has seen during this year's crisis.

"We've received numerous reports from very credible sources of extrajudicial executions," said Joanne Mariner, a crisis expert with Amnesty International who is in Bangui.

"This underscores the need for international troops to arrive and secure the city. The situation is quickly spiraling out of control," Mariner said.

Fifty-three bodies had been brought to a mosque in Bangui's PK5 neighborhood. Most victims appeared to have been clubbed or hacked to death, a Reuters witness said.

Samuel Hanryon, who works for medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres at Bangui's Hopital Communautaire, said there were another 52 bodies at the morgue there.

African peacekeepers protecting hundreds of civilians in their base in Bossangoa about 300 km north of the capital also came under heavy fire from the former rebels on Thursday, witnesses said.

Central African Republic is rich in gold, diamonds and uranium but decades of instability and spillover from conflicts in its larger neighbors have kept it mired in crisis.

Michel Djotodia, leader of the Seleka former rebel alliance, is now the country's interim president but he has struggled to control his loose band of fighters, many of whom are gunmen from neighboring Chad and Sudan.

Mainly Christian local defense groups, known as "anti-balaka", have sprung up in response to abuses committed in Bangui and other parts of the country by the former rebels.

Some 400,000 people, or 10 percent of the population, have been force from their homes.

Djotodia and Nicolas Tiangaye, his prime minister, accused Bozize loyalists of mounting the Bangui attack. General Arda Hakouma, Djotodia's head of security, said "anti-balaka" forces, armed with rifles, rocket launchers and machetes, were also involved.

MSF said it treated 90 wounded at Bangui's Hopital Communautaire hospital. A witness said African peacekeepers ignored pleas of civilians for them to protect the hospital from marauding fighters. Many staff had fled, he said.

A separate witness said he saw dozens of bodies lying in the abandoned Ouango market in the southeast of the city.

The clashes appeared to have started around the Boy Rabe neighborhood, a stronghold of Bozize that has been repeatedly raided by Seleka forces amid reports arms had been distributed to civilians before the former president fell.

There were reports of arms being handed out to civilians in the mainly Muslim PK5 neighborhood.

The government declared an overnight curfew and closed its border with Democratic Republic of Congo.

Some rights groups have called for a U.N. peacekeeping mission to be set up immediately but regional leaders want to see if a beefed-up African force supported by France can contain the violence.

Having previously intervened in CAR's conflicts, Paris initially sought to avoid this one. But the scale of the violence since the rebels swept south has forced France's hand.

"When Seleka entered, there were dead Christians. This time it could be worse ... We need the French. The French have to come quickly," Wilfred Koyamba, a Bangui resident told Reuters.

Another resident said he saw a group of about 40 heavily armed "anti-balaka" fighters in the Ngaragba neighborhood break open the prison doors there. One of the fighters told the resident: "Stay at home. Show us the houses of the Muslims."

Some Seleka gunmen had stripped off uniforms to blend into the population, witnesses said.

A French diplomat said on Thursday that 850 Burundian troops would be sent over the weekend to support the African mission.

(Additional reporting by David Lewis in Dakar, Marion Douet, John Irish and Daniel Flynn in Paris and Joe Bavier and Ange Aboa in Abidjan, Michelle Nichols at the United Nations; Writing by David Lewis; Editing by Janet Lawrence)


http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/05/us-centralafrican-fighting-idUSBRE9B405F20131205



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France needs to keep the snail eating asses out of Africa.
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Tatee Ive been asking myself that since i about a week now. I just just just read a local newspaper article with a pic of a woman HOLLARING abt this.

My heart is grieving man
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Originally posted by Diane (35) Diane (35) wrote:

Tatee Ive been asking myself that since i about a week now. I just just just read a local newspaper article with a pic of a woman HOLLARING abt this.

My heart is grieving man


Same here. I was hoping someone on BHM would explain what the heck is going on because I know nothing about this country. One thing I do know though is when France drops troups in Africa, it is NEVER EVER to the Africans' benefit and oftentimes to their extreme detriment.
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nvm. double post

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who is funding these 'rebels'

and why is france 'still there'

once we figure that out it ends all the problems
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Oh JESASSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

The 2 little boys as scouts? One just saying so casually that they killed my father over there, He escaped in his the bush with his uncle. MERCY!

Then the women came and showed the bodies. I cant, i just cant.

WHAT THE FARKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK is wrong with human beings?

"some day at Christmas , men wont be boys playing with bombs (here guns and machetes) like kids played with toys" 

The villagers heard the noise of the envoy's vehicle and run and hide like animals, shopping left on the road same place and the food still on the fire. How? and why?
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