At least 3 people died and a dozen were injured on Friday in the south of the Central African Republic in fighting between soldiers and members of an armed group signatory to a peace agreement signed with the government a year ago, we learned Monday from concordant sources.
« There was a clash between members of the Central African Armed Forces (Faca) and those of the Central African Peace Unit (UPC) in the city of Alindao, » Vladimir Monteiro told AFP on Monday. – word of the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic, a peacekeeping operation launched in 2014 in this country where 70% of the territory is controlled by armed groups.
A dozen wounded were evacuated and some 125 people took refuge around the UN base in Alindao after the burning of two IDP camps, he added.
At least three CAR soldiers have lost their lives in the fighting, government spokesperson Ange Maxime Kazagui said. About “twenty houses were burned down as well as several businesses”.
The Central African Republic has been torn apart by a civil war since the overthrow of President François Bozizé in 2013 by a coalition of rebel groups. While the signing of a peace agreement on February 6, 2019 between the Bangui government and 14 armed groups, including the UPC, has enabled a significant drop in violence, the country remains shaken by regular fighting.
The clashes erupted on Friday when elements of the UPC « had arrested a Faca in the city, » Alindao sub-prefect Victor de Pascal Ouiabona Yankombona told AFP. « While everyone came to collect their wounded, each faction believed in the arrival of reinforcements, leading to an escalation of violence, » he added. This version of the facts was confirmed by UPC officials, contacted by telephone by the AFP.
« We must continue to work for the agreement, but we must tell certain parties that this is enough, » the government spokesman said on Saturday. Kazagui also called on the UN, the African Union and international partners, guarantors and facilitators of this agreement, to react: “Sanctions must be taken. Impunity has prevailed for too long in the Central African Republic. «