UN concerned over escalation of violence in CAR

UN concerned over escalation of violence in CAR

UN concerned over escalation of violence in CAR

"Despite heavy fire against MINUSCA's field office, peacekeepers attempted to respond to the attack in Tokoyo to protect civilians".

"The Secretary-General is outraged by the attacks perpetrated by suspected anti-Balaka against civilians and the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA)", the UN Spokesperson said in a statement.

"They reiterated that attacks against peacekeepers may constitute war crimes and reminded all parties of their obligations under worldwide humanitarian law", the statement said.

"The recent incidents amply demonstrate that the situation in the Central African Republic is still fragile", Guterres said.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday expressed a deep concern over escalation of violence against civilians and UN peacekeepers in Central African Republic.

Besides these two incidents, the statement said, at least 121 civilians have been killed in auto between March and May 2017.

Thousands have died as a result of the conflict and over a million people have been internally displaced as a result of the conflict in what was already the world's third poorest country.

"The blood of peacekeepers and the blood of innocent Central Africans will not fall in vain in this country", he said.

Over the past week the Christian militias have "attacked civilian populations, targeting in particular Muslims" during the assault in Bangassou, which borders the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), MINUSCA said.

The Council called on the Government to swiftly investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice. By midday Monday, the United Nations mission in Central African Republic said "assailants have agreed to leave the city". The attack also claimed the lives of several civilians.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday strongly condemned attacks against the civilian population and UN peacekeepers in the vehicle, urging authorities to investigate and bring those responsible to justice.

The attack led to the death and injury of 12 Moroccan and Cambodian peacekeepers.

Kamailoudini Tagba Independent Journalist, Freelance Interpreter and Toastmasters International Competent Communicator (CC), speech writer, based in Togo, West Africa Attended Central China Normal University (China), MA in Linguistics and Communication.

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