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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.

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
09 Dec 2013
Document type: 
Situation Report
Location(s): 
Central African Republic
Theme(s): 
Conflict
Coordination hub(s): 
Bangui
Bureau Régional pour l'Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre