"The President of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, condemns with no uncertain terms the despicable attacks by armed assailants on 8 and 13 May 2017 in Bangassou, in the south-east of auto, and in the vicinity of this town, targeting the MINUSCA and causing several deaths and injuries among the United Nations peacekeepers", the pan-African organization said in a statement posted Sunday on its electronic portal.
This prompted MINUSCA to promptly deploy extra troops to fend off further attacks with Verhoosel reporting that the town had been partly secured early Sunday evening.
The African Union (AU) has condemned Saturday's attack against a Moroccan peacekeeper from the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).
Asked about the civilian death toll, he added, "It is clear that we are looking at numbers that could easily reach 20 to 30".
Onanga-Anyanga said that numerous militia soldiers were child soldiers who appeared to be under the influence of drugs.
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According to Ma'an documentation, the Palestinian was the 22nd to have been killed by Israelis since the beginning of the year. Israel has blamed the violence on incitement by Palestinian political and religious leaders compounded on social media sites.
The attack in the city of Bangassou also claimed the lives of civilians. In the same vein, he urged Central African Republic authorities to investigate these attacks and bring the perpetrators before justice. Violence continues in remote areas outside government control. "An estimated 467 800 people, the majority of them Muslim, remained refugees in neighbouring countries", Human Rights Watch said in its 2017 report on the auto.
UN Humanitarian Coordinator in CAR, Najat Rochdi, said around 1000 people in the town had sought refuge from attacks inside and then found themselves trapped there by the militias. MINUSCA is also working with humanitarian partners to ensure the safety of displaced civilians.
France is determined to continue, in collaboration with all of its European, African and global partners, its efforts to ensure stability and consolidate peace in the Central African Republic.
More than 400 000 people in the former French colony are displaced internally and 2.2 million, or almost half the population, are reliant on aid.