Thousands Flee to Central African Republic Airport Seeking Protection of French Forces

Dec 6, 2013 3:14 PM

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) - Armed fighters who rule Central African Republic have been hunting door-to-door for their enemies in the capital today.

A spasm of sectarian bloodshed yesterday left more than 100 people dead across Bangui (bahn-GEE') as Christian militias raided Muslim neighborhoods. It's the worst violence since March, when mostly Muslim rebels overthrew the president. Bodies have been decomposing along the roads because the capital has been too dangerous for people to collect the corpses.

Thousands of Christian civilians fearing retaliatory attacks by the ex-rebels have fled to the airport, which is now guarded by French forces.

French military reinforcements have been flying into the country and patrolling the streets of Bangui in armored vehicles as fighter jets made several flyovers. The U.N. Security Council authorized the stepped-up French action yesterday, aiming to keeping Central African Republic from descending into anarchy.

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