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MSF humanitarian killed, Red Cross premises attacked


The NGOs Médecins #Sans #Frontières and the #International #Committee of the #Red #Cross (ICRC) denounced #Wednesday “the new wave of violence” and the fighting that continues in the #Central #African #Republic after #Sunday’s presidential and legislative elections.

“#Our colleague was not on duty and had taken this public transport truck to go from #Bambari to #Bangui when the shooting broke out”, the NGO said in a statement on #Wednesday. “There were 19 injured and 3 dead”, #Emmanuel #Lampaert, MSF head of mission in the #Central #African #Republic, told AFP.

#On the evening of #December 27, the ICRC premises in #Bouar, in the west of the country, were also ransacked by armed men who also injured three security employees.

“#We are shocked, this is a violent attack with the use of firearms”, expressed indignation to AFP #Taoffic #Touré, the ICRC communication coordinator in the #Central #African #Republic.

“These incidents come at a time when security conditions have deteriorated sharply in recent weeks following clashes between armed groups and state forces”, said the NGO in a press release.

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The two organizations reiterated that humanitarian workers should not be targeted in the fighting between rebels and government forces, supplemented by reinforcements from #Rwanda and #Russia.

The #Central #African #Republic was ravaged by civil war after a coalition of predominantly #Muslim armed groups, the #Seleka, overthrew #President #François #Bozizé’s regime in 2013.

#Since 2018, the war has evolved into a low-intensity conflict, where armed groups control two-thirds of the territory and compete for control of the country’s resources, while regularly perpetrating abuses against civilians.



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