Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, 23 August 2017 - Central African Republic

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from UN Department of Public Information
Published on 23 Aug 2017 View Original

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Central African Republic

From the Central African Republic, the UN peacekeeping Mission there reports that clashes took place today between fighters from the anti-Balaka and the FPRC in Ngoubi, close to Bria in Haute-Kotto Prefecture.

Meanwhile, the nearly 6,000 civilians who sought refuge at the UN Mission’s base in Bria over the weekend have returned to an internally displaced people site in the town, which is also being protected by peacekeepers. Peacekeepers are also protecting the Bria church, where civilians are seeking shelter. The Mission is engaging both sides in an attempt to mediate, while peacekeepers are continuing their patrols on the Ippy and Aigbando axes.

And still in the country, our humanitarian colleagues are very concerned about the humanitarian situation in Zémio, in the Central African Republic. They say it is likely to worsen with the arrival of heavily-armed Fulani people in the town on 21 August and reports of anti-Balaka fighters from Bangassou heading towards Zémio.