Violence in CAR can only be solved through dialogue: Head of mission

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Primary school in Petevo district, Bangui, Central African Republic. © Nicholas Long/IRIN

Dialogue is the only way towards reconciliation and lasting peace in the Central African Republic, according to the Head of the UN Mission in the country, MINUSCA.

General Babacar Gaye on Thursday strongly condemned the ongoing violence in the streets of Bangui, the Central African Republic's capital.

The Mission reports that violent demonstrations have taken place in front of the MINUSCA compound over the last two days.

Vannina Maestracci, spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, has more.

“As a result, several UN vehicles were shot at and pelleted by stones. No UN personnel have been injured. These demonstrations are now being dispersed and the UN Police are currently patrolling Bangui.”  (11″)

The UN reports that some 3,000 people have been internally displaced following the recent clashes in the capital and have arrived in the town of Bimbo, the capital of Ombella-M’poko.

Health workers also report that armed groups tried to enter a hospital there, killing one child and injuring another.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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