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People flee clashes in CAR's Bambari, storm Bangui

Iran Press TV

Wed Jul 16, 2014 6:9AM GMT

People displaced by the recent clashes in the Central African Republic (CAR) town of Bambari have flocked into the capital, Bangui.

Local press reports indicated that thousands of people entered Bangui on Tuesday following fresh clashes between the so-called anti-Balaka Christian militants and Muslim Seleka forces in Bambari, which forced them to leave their homes.

Citing informed sources, the reports confirmed that trucks carrying the displaced people have arrived in Bangui.

One of the displaced people alleged in an interview that French troops deployed to the African country were provoking locals to engage in clashes, saying that the force was responsible for the persisting turmoil in the CAR.

Ethnic fighting emerged in the CAR following the downfall of the country's former President Francois Bouzizeh and the takeover of power by Michel Djotodia.

The Muslim residents of the African county have been the main victims of the bloody clashes between rival ethnic groups, which took place before the eyes of thousands of international peacekeeping forces deployed to the country.

There are now 2,000 French troops working alongside 6,000 African peacekeepers in the former French colony, which is rich in diamonds and gold but has seen little part from internal strife and the spillover of regional conflicts since independence.

About 1 million people, or about a quarter of the population, have been forced from their homes due to the violence in the CAR.

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