PARIS - France has launched military operations in the Central African Republic as violence and chaos escalates in the country.
PARIS – France has launched military operations in the Central African Republic as violence and chaos escalates in the country.
“French troops will ensure security by conducting joint operations with African forces,” French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said, announcing that operations began overnight in the Central African Republic with patrols and a helicopter detachment arriving to quell violence in the streets of the capital.
Armed Christian fighters who oppose the ruling Muslim-led government attacked the capital early on Thursday in the most serious violence to hit Bangui since a March coup. Clashes between Muslim and Christian groups have claimed 100 lives so far.
Meanwhile, the United Nations Scurity Council (UNSC) authorised intervention to protect civilians by passing a resolution on Thursday, which allows France to send hundreds more troops for a temporary period.
French President Francois Hollande announced on Thursday that the number of French troops on the ground in the Central African Republic would be doubled within a few days.