Violence in Central African Republic's capital hinders humanitarian work

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In the Central African Republic, these children are some of hundreds of thousands displaced and in need of urgent food assistance. Photo: WFP/Alexis Masciarelli

Participants in the conflict in the Central African Republic are being urged by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to allow unhindered access to humanitarian workers.

UNHCR says recent violent incidents in the capital, Bangui, have forced over 6,000 people to flee their homes.

The country is struggling to restore stability following a conflict that broke out between Muslim and Christian communities at the end of 2012.

UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming says the agency is alarmed by the resurgence of violence in Bangui.

"This has targeted not only civilians but humanitarian workers and United Nations peacekeepers and it has badly hampered our humanitarian activities. It was reportedly started and sparked by a grenade attack in one of the districts of Bangui on 7 October. It killed four people and the alleged attacker was caught and believed to have been killed followed by attacks on civilians that left around nine people dead and 55 injured." (26")

UNHCR says the situation remains tense in Bangui, although some shops have reopened since the weekend.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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