CAR violence prompts refugee stream to Chad

Jan. 27, 2014 at 4:33 PM
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BANGUI, Central African Republic, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Ongoing violence in the Central African Republic has prompted Muslim rebels to flee their main encampment in the capital, human rights workers said Monday.

The Muslims, who overthrew the country's president last year, have been fighting with Christian militants, known as the anti-balakas for weeks, causing many civilians to flee into neighboring Chad, Voice of America reported.

A caravan of 25 vehicles under watch of about 500 heavily armed soldiers left Camp Deroux in the capital Bangui Monday, headed for another encampment north of the city. The reason for their departure was unknown. Looting was reported in Muslim areas of Bangui.

About 40,000 people have fled to Chad to escape the violence.

Human Rights Watch said international food aid, held up for weeks due to the violence, had finally arrived in Bangui. The approximately 300 tons of provisions bolstered the area's meager supply of foodstuffs.

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