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Crime Central African Republic: first rebel attacks around Bangui

05:35  14 january  2021
05:35  14 january  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

Central African Republic: first rebel attacks around Bangui

 Central African Republic: first rebel attacks around Bangui © Supplied by Le Point L he rebels' first attack on the outskirts of the Central African capital Bangui since the start of their offensive against the newly re-elected President Faustin Archange Touadéra has been repulsed, killing one among the peacekeepers and at least ten among the attackers.

The Central Africa Republic has experienced years of armed conflict. The government signed a peace "What is happening in the Central African Republic is extremely troubling and in a certain sense was to Residents of Bangui expressed their fear over this latest attack so close to the capital.

Rebel forces in the Central African Republic on Wednesday launched two attacks close to the capital Bangui that were swiftly repelled, Interior Minister Henri Wanzet Linguissara said.

  Centrafrique: premières attaques rebelles aux environs de Bangui © Supplied by Le Point

L he rebels' first attack on the outskirts of the Central African capital Bangui since the start of their offensive against the newly re-elected President Faustin Archange Touadéra has been repulsed, killing one among the peacekeepers and at least ten among the attackers.

These are the first clashes on the outskirts of Bangui since six of the main armed groups that have controlled two-thirds of the Central African Republic since the start of the civil war eight years ago, announced the formation in December of a coalition and launched an offensive to prevent the re-election of Mr. Touadéra.

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Central African Republic officials said security forces repelled attacks by rebels trying to seize the capital “Early this morning, the criminals, the rebels and enemies of the people of Central African The fighting around Bangui comes one week before the Constitutional Court is to rule on the validity

BANGUI , Central African Republic (AP) — The leader of Central African Republic fled the capital Sunday following a decade in power, after hundreds of armed rebels invaded the city and later declared he was now the former president.

The latter was declared on January 4 the winner of the vote of December 27, much contested by the opposition, for which only a little less than one in two registered voters was able to vote because of insecurity outside Bangui.

The rebels of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) had until then carried out sporadic attacks generally repulsed by the some 12,000 peacekeepers of the United Nations mission in the Central African Republic (Minusca), supported by large contingents heavily armed with Rwandan soldiers and Russian paramilitaries who had landed to the rescue of the government and its army.

At respectively 9 and 12 km from the center of the capital, at dawn, army brigades "were attacked simultaneously but, thanks to the bravery of our forces and bilateral support, we were able to repel the attackers who are currently in disarray ", assured the Minister of the Interior Henri Wanzet Linguissara.

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 Central African Republic: Bangui, the capital threatened with shortage © Screenshot France 24 The fighting is complicating the supply of Bangui, the Central African capital, threatened with shortage. The fighting has continued in recent days in the Central African Republic between the coalition of armed groups and national forces, supported by their international allies. Consequence of the clashes: the goods no longer reach the capital. Prices are soaring and the shortage could worsen soon.

Rebel forces in the Central African Republic say they have halted their offensive on the capital, Bangui , and will take part in peace talks. The announcement from the Seleka rebels comes as the country's neighbours say they are sending in extra troops. Gabon deployed 120 troops on Tuesday

Some 5,000 people have fled ex- rebel fighters in Central African Republic and are occupying the main airport in the capital, Bangui , a UN official says. The former rebels , who seized power in March, were trying to "disarm" residents who lived near the airport, the UN's Amy Martin told the BBC.

"The attack was repelled by the peacekeepers, together with the Central African armed forces," declared Vladimir Monteiro, spokesman for Minusca.

"Several rebels have been captured, more than a dozen have been killed," said Abdoulaziz Fall. Prime Minister Firmin Ngrebada for his part evokes on his Facebook page a provisional assessment of "30 assailants killed" and "5 captured" without specifying whether it concerns Bangui or the entire territory. La Minusca, she "deplores the loss of a Rwandan peacekeeper".

Meeting of the Security Council

On the PK12 market where the offensive took place, traders had closed shop. Regular forces, Russian paramilitaries and peacekeepers were present in large numbers, along with several armored vehicles.

A Central African army pickup was pointing its cannon at the hill, where rebels were still hiding, the soldiers present told AFP .

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BANGUI , Central African Republic (AP) — Security forces in Central African Republic repelled attacks by rebels trying to seize the capital early Wednesday after intense fighting on the city’s outskirts, officials said, in a major escalation of violence that has rocked the country since last month.

Rebels in the Central African Republic have made fresh gains and are now in control of a key central city, officials say. Forces from the Seleka rebel alliance have Rebel forces are now within 150km (95 miles) of the capital, Bangui . President Francois Bozize has appealed to France, the United States

At 15:00 GMT, sporadic gunfire was still ringing in several areas of the capital. The government spoke of "search operations" and helicopters were engaged against rebels hidden in the hills, according to several humanitarian sources.

"What the rebels have understood is that the international community is measuring the crisis in the Central African Republic from what is happening in Bangui. This is why they are carrying out actions in the immediate outskirts of Bangui, not for take Bangui which is very defended, but to show that Touadéra no longer controls anything or not much, "explained to AFP Roland Marchal, researcher at the International Research Center (CERI) of Sciences Po Paris .

"The rebels are waging a war of nerves," said Thierry Vircoulon, specialist in Africa central at the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri). "They can do urban guerrilla warfare and hope that in the long run they will take Bangui."

This attack comes on the day when the UN Security Council is to meet, at the request of France , on the Central African Republic with the presence of foreign troops and mercenaries in this country on the agenda and the arms embargo, in force since the start of the civil war.

For the elections, the UN took the rather rare decision to reinforce for two months its peace force with 300 Rwandan peacekeepers taken from its contingent deployed in South Sudan. In the short term, the Security Council will have to decide to withdraw or maintain them.

This meeting comes after two new attacks carried out over the weekend against towns far from Bangui, which resulted in heavy fighting. These are Bouar, the fifth city of the country, 340 km north-west of the capital but on a crucial road for its supply and Grimari, 300 km north-east of Bangui.

A second session of the Security Council, to be held on January 19 or 21, was requested by the Central African Republic "urgently" to discuss the security situation in a letter dated January 5 to which AFP had access .

13/01/2021 20:30:55 - Bangui (AFP) - © 2021 AFP

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