OCHA Flash Update 3 - Armed conflict, 9 December 2013

Situation Overview:

Clashes erupted in various parts of Bangui today linked to the disarmament underway by French troops. Reports of lootings and riots as tension remain high amongst residents, Anti-Balaka and ex-Seleka. Insecurity is also reported in the regions of Paoua, Bozoum and Bocaranga (Ouham province). Following an attack on a mosque by Anti-balaka militia in Bozoum on 6 December, Muslims in Paoua planned to retaliate by attacking churches. FOMAC was informed and patrols organized which prevented potential bloodshed. In Bozoum there is heightened tension between both religious groups and about 40 bodies to be picked-up from roadsides. As a result of the conflict, there are 3,000 IDPs at the Bozoum bishopric. Arbitrary killings are also reported in Bocaranga and the surrounding area where about 150 IDPs spend the night at the bishopric and return to their houses during the day.

Estimated impact:

The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) continuous to increase as violence persists. There are now an estimated 108,000 IDPs in Bangui gathered in over 20 sites, with the highest concentration in churches, religious sites and the Bangui international airport. So far, there are an estimated 533,000 IDPs in the country and 459 people have been killed in Bangui over the past five days.

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