Heavy fighting erupts in CAR – MSF Australia

RENEWED fighting has flared up following unrest in Bangui of the Central African Republic (CAR), where some 2,200 Muslims are still enclaved, reports Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières).

Local militiamen have clashed with the international forces present in Bangui.

The Médecins Sans Frontières teams based in the General Hospital have received 31 wounded in a single day and are working hard to deal with the high influx of injured. Médecins Sans Frontières teams have been stretched to their limit and referred some cases to the Hopital Communautaire.

“All the injured displayed gunshot wounds. Ten critically wounded patients will receive surgery today,” Médecins Sans Frontières Deputy Head of Mission, Claude Cafardy, said.

Gunshots, artillery and shelling continue to be heard in Bangui yesterday.

As a result of the violence, the Médecins Sans Frontières’ team in the Bangui health centre has been forced to suspend medical activities and seek shelter in the safe room before being evacuated.

Médecins Sans Frontières teams composed of 19 expatriates and 240 Central African staff work in the emergency and surgical department of the hospital.

Médecins Sans Frontières has been working in CAR since 1997.

More than 2,300 people work with Médecins Sans Frontières in medical-surgical projects located in more than 15 Central African towns. Médecins Sans Frontières also works in the Central African refugee camps in southern Chad and eastern Cameroon.

Source: MSF Australia

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