The Aid in Danger Monthly News Brief - July 2017
This monthly digest comprises threats and incidents of violence affecting the delivery of humanitarian assistance. It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available from open sources. All decisions made on the basis of, or with consideration to, such information remains the responsibility of respective organisations.
Central African Republic
04 July 2017: In Kaga-Bandoro town, Nana-Grébizi prefecture, an unidentified armed group attacked the premises of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), threatened six staff at gunpoint, and looted all goods and money on the site, including personal items and passports, before fleeing the scene. Nobody was hurt in this incident. Staff were temporarily relocated to the United Nations (UN) base. Source: VOA.
05 July 2017: In Bangui, around 50 young people attacked the military base of the MINUSCA Bangladeshi contingent at Bangui airport. Source: RJDH.
12 July 2017: In Zemio town, Haut-Mbomou prefecture, two armed men entered a hospital hosting IDPs, and threatened a family before opening fire. They shot a baby in the head, killing it. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) subsequently suspended its operations, and withdrew staff from the area. Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation.
16 July 2017: In Bria town, Haute-Kottoe prefecture, a national staff member of an unspecified non-governmental organisation (NGO) was fatally shot while transporting a sick person to the local hospital. Source: AWSD1 (The location is unconfirmed due to conflicting information).
18 July 2017: In Bria town, Haute-Kotto prefecture, ex-Seleka fighters from the Popular Front for the Central African Renaissance killed one national staff member of an unnamed NGO in unspecified circumstances. Source: AWSD1.
20 July 2017: In Bangassou town, Mbomou prefecture, a group of suspected anti-Balaka fighters attacked the camp of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and killed a Moroccan peacekeeper. Sources: Juene Afrique, Reuters and UN News Centre.
21 July 2017: In Bangassou town, Mbomou prefecture, anti-Balaka fighters attacked a patrol of peacekeepers in unspecified circumstances. No further details are available. Source: Juene Afrique.
23 July 2017: In Bangassou town, Mbomou prefecture, suspected anti-Balaka fighters attacked a Moroccan contingent from the MINUSCA as they were escorting humanitarian trucks carrying water tanks, killing one peacekeeper and injuring three more. Sources: RDJH, Reuters and VOA.
23 July 2017: In Bangassou town, Mbomou prefecture, anti-Balaka fighters attempted to seize a cathedral housing internally displaced Muslims. No further details are available. Source: Reuters.
25 July 2017: In Bangassou town, Mbomou prefecture, suspected anti-Balaka fighters ambushed a Moroccan contingent from the MINUSCA as they were stocking up on water to deliver to the population, killing two peacekeepers and injuring another. Sources: UN News Centre and VOA.
29 July 2017: In Batanfogo town, unidentified assailants looted residences of unspecified humanitarian organisations. Source: Africa News.
31 July 2017: In Bangassou town, Mbomou prefecture, unspecified armed groups kidnapped aid workers from an unspecified organisation, and robbed churches. Source: Caj News Africa.