CAR / BANGUASSOU

16-May-2017 00:01:59
The United Nations mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) said the situation in Banguassou is gradually returning to normal after the city witnessed a series of heavy attacks last week on civilians and peacekeepers. MINUSCA
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STORY: CAR / BANGUASSOU
TRT: 01:59
SOURCE: MINUSCA
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 16 MAY 2017, BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC / RECENT
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RECENT - 2017, BAMBARI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

1. Various shots, MINUSCA peacekeepers patrolling area

RECENT - 13 MAY 2017, BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

2. Wide shot, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga and General Balla Keita walking in airfield

16 MAY 2017, BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

3. SOUNDBITE (French), General Balla Keita, Force Commander, United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA):
“I think the situation in Banguassou has been a bit worrying but for a little more than 24 hours, it is getting better. Our units are there. They are designed to secure the most vulnerable displaced populations. And they are patrolling the city to meet the most urgent needs. In the days to come we will secure the town and take control over the whole and at the same time go out around the city in all the small villages to secure and bring back the peace that prevailed in Banguassou a few month ago.”

RECENT - 13 MAY 2017, BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

4. Various shots, fallen peacekeeper in casket being repatriated
5. Med shot, MINUSCA officials seeing off fallen peacekeepers

16 MAY 2017, BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

6. SOUNDBITE (French), General Balla Keita, Force Commander, United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA):
“I think there is manipulation. There is a strategic manoeuvre. This is only the peak of the Iceberg. Below, there are people who are looking for something else. So we are thinking in order to go beyond what is happening in Banguassou to see the real motivations because there is no reason for people to kill innocent civilians from one day to the next day. We will try to understand and maybe in the days to come we will have more details on that.”

RECENT - 2017, BAMBARI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

7. Various shots, MINUSCA peacekeepers patrolling area
STORYLINE
The United Nations mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) said the situation in Banguassou is gradually returning to normal after the city witnessed a series of heavy attacks last week on civilians and peacekeepers.

Indiscriminate violence flared in the southeastern city on Saturday (13 May) after an attack was launched by gunman affiliated with the anti-Balaka movement on the Tokoyo district, which is mainly inhabited by the Muslim population. Within hours, intense violence forced more than 3,000 people to flee their homes and the violence has since claimed the lives of an unknown number of civilians and a Moroccan peacekeeper. An attack earlier last week also killed five peacekeepers and wound ten others.

MINUSCA Force Commander Balla Keita said today (16 May) the situation had improved over the past 24 hours adding that MINUSCA units were patrolling the city to “secure and bring back the peace that prevailed in Banguassou a few month ago.”

Keita said he thinks the attacks were only “the peak of the Iceberg” adding that the mission was thinking beyond Banguassou “see the real motivations because there is no reason for people to kill innocent civilians from one day to the next day.”

Humanitarians on the ground said that according to preliminary estimates, 25,000 people out of the 35,000 inhabitants of Bangassou will need humanitarian assistance.
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