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200 rebels driven out of southern Central African Republic town: UN mission

200 rebels driven out of southern Central African Republic town: UN mission
Violent incidents in Boyo town on Dec. 6-7 left 15 civilians dead, nearly 1,500 displaced, UN peacekeeping mission says

By Aurore Bonny

DOUALA, Cameroon (AA) - UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic conducted an operation in the southern town of Boyo, forcing around 200 rebels to leave the town, the mission said on Monday.

In a briefing note, the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) said fighters of the Unity for Peace in Central Africa (UPC), a rebel group, had been occupying houses and the mayor's residence in Boyo.

“The MINUSCA force intervened to ensure the protection of civilians,” the statement said, adding: "Clearing operations are continuing in the town with robust patrols.”

It said Boyo witnessed “serious” violent incidents on Dec. 6-7 in which 15 civilians were killed and nearly 1,500 people displaced.

In a Dec. 22 briefing note, MINUSCA "strongly condemned human rights violations and increased attacks by armed groups" in the central African country, which has been in the grip of a sociopolitical and security crisis since 2012.

In what the UN describes as a "surge of attacks" in the country, its mission documented several incidents, including 23 incidents of abuse and violations of human rights and international humanitarian law between Dec. 13 and 20.

source: News Feed
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