Militia in Central African Republic urged to respect medical facilities

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Displaced people in the CAR capital Bangui find refuge in the unfinished church at St. Paul Parish after fleeing clashes. Photo: UNHCR/B. Ntwari

Armed groups in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, have been urged by the United Nations to protect civilians and to leave health facilities alone.

The call has come amid reports of a flare up of violence that has resulted in the loss of life and the displacement of over 3,000 people.

Jens Laerke, a spokesperson for the UN Humanitarian Office (OCHA) says that more than 159 wounded people have been received in medical facilities since the start of the most recent violence.

"The Senior Humanitarian Coordinator in the Central African Republic and the WHO representative there made a very strong call on the armed groups operating in the capital Bangui to protect civilians from harm and respect the safety and integrity of medical facilities in the town. The Coordinator, Claire Bourgeois, said that she is extremely concerned by the loss of lives during the new waves of attack and violence in the course of this week." (23")

The UN humanitarian coordinator in the Central African Republic also condemned the recruitment and use of children in attacks.

The country has been mired in violence between Christian and Muslim militias since December 2012.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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