Clashes as UN peacekeepers halt rebel advance on CAR capital
UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic clashed with rebels who were attempting to march on the capital, a military source said today, adding that the offensive ended with the militants taking flight.
The fighting near Sibut, a market town some 180 kilometres north of Bangui, erupted after Seleka rebels ignored an ultimatum to halt their advance on Bangui, the source told AFP on condition of anonymity.
UN mission in Central African Republic on ‘high alert’ as armed group threatens capital
12 October 2015 – The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has reported that it is on “high alert” as the situation in the war-torn country remains fragile, with armed groups threatening to destabilize its capital city, Bangui.
The Mission’s update was provided by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General at the regular press briefing at UN Headquarters, who said that MINUSCA “remains on high alert to prevent any attempts of armed ex-Séléka moving towards the capital, Bangui.”