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CAR: Tensions remain high in Bangui /update 1

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Tensions remain high in Bangui; one shopkeeper killed in the PK5 district November 26

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/28/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/30/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Bangui). COUNTRY/REGION Bangui

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CAR: Tensions remain high in Bangui

Event

Further violence was reported in the PK5 district of the capital Bangui on Monday, November 26, despite an increased deployment of security personnel from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the CAR (MINUSCA) launched the day prior. A shopkeeper was killed by members of a local militia. Tensions remain high in the area as of November 28 and further acts of violence are likely in the coming days.

Context

Clashes broke out in the PK5 district between armed forces and a local self-defense group on November 22, leaving six people dead and 20 injured. On November 25, a shopkeeper killed a leader of a local militia, after the former refused to close his shop amid a "dead-city" protest called to denounce the November 22 violence.

Generally speaking, tensions have risen significantly in Bangui following attacks that targeted a church and a mosque on May 1, leaving 24 people dead and more than 170 wounded. Numerous clashes had also broken out in the city in the preceding weeks, notably in the PK5 neighborhood. This was despite a series of security operations carried out by the MINUSCA in PK5 in April targeting Muslim self-defense militias at the request of local residents. In October, three people were killed in clashes between self-defense militias in the district.

The Central African Republic (CAR) has suffered recurrent bouts of civil conflict since December 2012, which has led to hundreds of deaths and almost 700,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), and has pushed more than 500,000 people to seek refuge in neighboring Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Chad. Clashes between various armed groups continue to be reported on a regular basis. According to the local UN humanitarian coordinator, endemic violence is likely to trigger a famine in the medium-term, with nearly 63 percent of the population already in need of emergency assistance.

Advice

Individuals present in CAR, particularly Bangui, are advised to monitor local developments, maintain a high degree of situational awareness, and remain vigilant for potential militant activity.

In general, a number of Western governments advise their citizens against travel to most of the east of the country for various security reasons, including the presence of armed groups.

 

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