CAR: 21 Dead, 100+ Wounded in Bangui Violence

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Yesterday, violence erupted again in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, following the killing of a Muslim man during the early morning. In total, 21 deaths have been reported and more than 100 people were wounded, although the real number could be even higher.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams working in the city’s Mpoko camp, Castor hospital and Hôpital General activated mass casualty plans to cope with an influx of wounded. MSF received 75 wounded patients in all, and the teams stabilized patients and performed 15 surgeries.

"It's very sad to see violence of such a scale occur once again, as we haven't experienced anything like this since October last year," said Emmanuel Lampaert, MSF head of mission in Central African Republic.

"All our teams in Bangui were mobilized and have worked intensively to provide care to those who were wounded. We continue to monitor the situation closely in case violence would erupt again."

Many buildings in town have also been destroyed or damaged.


Wounded case management in General Hospital after new wave of violence in Bangui.
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