Rebels in North CAR get UN mission’s ultimatum

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The UN Security mission in the Central African Republic has given a 48-hour ultimatum to armed groups in the north of the country to clear off the region.

The mission, known by its French acronym, MINUSCA has said that it wants a safe zone of 50-kilometer perimeter around the town to allow the return of the displaced persons.

The region has seen fights between armed groups Justice Riot (RJ) and the National Movement for the Liberation of the Central African Republic (MNLC). This has made some 60,000 people to leave the region.

About 40,000 residents have gone to Paoua region where food and water are now running out.

The central African Republic has been in the grip of violence since the rebel alliance Muslim-majority groups known as Seleka ousted the President François Bozize in 2013. They are fought by “anti-Balaka” militias made up of Christian and animist groups.

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