BANGASSOU, 3 January 2021 – Rebel forces have seized the southeastern town of Bangassou in the Central African Republic (CAR) in a dawn raid on Sunday.

The rebels are everywhere in the town, UN officials said.

Rebels Ever Present – Photo Human Rights Watch

Locals told government and UN officials that fighting was continuing in several parts of the town.

The main coalition of rebels in CAR has been attacking several towns in recent weeks.

Source Wars in the World

The rebels, who control two-thirds of the country, accuse the government of staging a sham election last December 27.

The government has denied all allegations of ballot stuffing, describing the election as credible.

Bangui, on the other hand, has accused former president Francois Bozize, who supports the rebels, of trying to stage a coup.

Bozize denies any wrongdoing.

An estimated 13,000 United Nations are maintaining the peace and providing humanitarian assistance to millions of internally displaced persons.

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