Thirteen people have been killed in a town in Central African Republic, a local doctor said Sunday, as the toll from sectarian violence that has sparked fears of genocide continued to rise.
The clashes took place in Bria, in the
“Thirteen bodies were found on Saturday after violent fighting between
“At least 20 wounded were admitted to
All told, the number of deaths in the city since fighting erupted several days earlier “is around 30,” Ambapo said.
The UN’s peacekeeping force, known as MINUSCA, did not report a toll.
On Saturday, sources reported fatal clashes had taken place in several areas of the country in previous days.
They included more than a dozen fatalities in the southeastern town of Zemio, Jean-Alain Zembi, a priest, told AFP.
Six aid groups wrote to the United Nations last Tuesday, describing the former French colony as “on the brink of catastrophe”.
We “request your office take immediate action to prevent the country collapsing into another full-blown conflict”, the letter said, adding that “at least 821 civilians have been killed since the start of the year.”
One of the world’s poorest nations, Central African Republic was pitched into a war between Muslim and Christian militias in 2013, unleashed when President Francois Bozize, a Christian, was overthrown by the Seleka.
Groups on both sides are now fighting for control of natural resources, including gold and diamonds, as well as regional influence. Half a million people, in a country of 4.5 million, have fled.
On August 7, UN aid chief Stephen O’Brien warned that the situation