31 January 2014

Central African Republic: Red Cross - 30 Killed in Capital

The International Committee of the Red Cross says at least 30 people have been killed in the Central African Republic's (CAR's) capital over the last three days.

The relief organization says it recovered the bodies from the streets of Bangui. It also says at least 60 people have been injured in an "unprecedented level of violence."

CAR sunk into chaos and inter-religious violence after rebels overthrew the president last March.

The U.N. humanitarian agency reported Thursday that about 10 people are killed each day in Bangui in looting, shootings and targeted attacks. It also noted a growing number of attacks on the city's Muslim community.

The spike in violence is taking place despite the presence of thousands of French and African troops deployed to help stabilize the country.

Earlier this week, the U.N. Security Council approved a plan to deploy 500 more European troops to CAR.

The country may receive more support on Saturday during an African Union conference to raise money for peacekeeping and humanitarian operations in the country.

On Friday, the European Union pledged an additional $61 million to help stabilize the CAR. The EU says the additional funding will raise its total commitment to the CAR since the start of the country's crisis to about $270 million.

The U.N. says more than 800,000 people are displaced across the country, including 400,000 in Bangui.

A new government that took power this month has appealed for an end to the violence.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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