UN mission in Central African Republic steps up patrols after rival armed groups clash in Bria

The UN Integrated Multifaceted Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) stepped up patrols and called for an immediate end to violence after the clashes that broke out on Monday in Bria town, a press release said here Tuesday.
According to the press release, the clashes broke out between armed elements of the Front populaire pour la renaissance de la Centrafrique (FPRC) and the Union pour la paix en Centrafrique (UPC).
About 5,000 displaced civilians as well as local authorities and humanitarian organizations have taken refuge in MINUSCA’s premises in the town, and the UN mission said in the press release that the armed groups will be held accountable for the violence, particularly against civilian populations.
The UN mission also warned the rival groups against attacks on its personnel, facilities and those it protects, underscoring that “any hostile act will have an appropriate response.”
On Monday, the MINUSCA base was targeted by RPF elements before peacekeepers fired back and drove them from off. One UN peacekeeper was slightly injured in the attack, the mission said.
(MINUSCA) has taken robust measures to protect civilians and peacekeepers are patrolling Bria town to reassure the population and protect the displaced (persons) sites, the news release said, adding that the UN mission is pursuing mediation efforts together with local and religious authorities.
UN agencies are planning a humanitarian response.

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