Over 600 people killed, thousands displaced by violence in Central African Republic

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Displaced civilians find shelter in a church in Bangui.© UNHCR/L.Wiseberg

More than 600 people have been killed and tens of thousands of others have been displaced by clashes between militias and former Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic.

That, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), which says the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate in the country.

UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards points out that the current turmoil inside the Central African Republic has resulted in a rise in people fleeing to neighbouring countries.

"In Bangui the fighting and sectarian violence of the past week has displaced an estimated 159,000 people, 450 killings reported there and 160 in other part of the country according to the National Red Cross and Danish Refugee Council respectively, these reports from outside Bangui and mainly from Ouham Province which is in the central north-eastern part of CAR. At the airport in Bangui, there are about 38,000 people at present there without latrines, washing facilities and almost no shelter from the rains and sun." (29")

Adrian Edwards says at the country's airport the UN refugee agency has provided tents to its partner agency, Doctors without Borders, known by its French acronym MSF which is running a clinic there.

He adds that aid is also going to other relief agencies and UNHCR is working with fellow UN agencies and non-governmental organizations to scale up humanitarian operations across the Central African Republic.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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