27 December 2012

Central African Republic: UN Pulls Staff From Nation

Bangui — The United Nations is evacuating staff from the Central African Republic, and the United States has warned its citizens to leave, as rebel fighters close in on the tense capital, Bangui.

The United Nations on Wednesday ordered more than 200 non-essential staff members and families of other workers to leave.

In Washington, the State Department expressed "deep concern" and warned all Americans to leave the country "until the security situation improved".

A department spokesman, Patrick Ventrell, also said Ambassador Laurence D. Wohlers had "authorised the departure of family members and nonemergency personnel from our embassy in Bangui".

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