World Bulletin / News Desk
Heavy fighting between rival militias left 394 people dead in the Central African Republic capital of Bangui, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Monday.
“If we had not intervened, the 394 deaths would have been 5,000 or 10,000," Fabius told the France 3 TV channel, adding, “Calm has returned in Bangui right now, but acts of violence are still being committed."
France deployed 1, 600 troops in its former colony after the United Nations (UN) Security Council backed a mandate to restore order. The UN resolution came after violence between Christian self-defence militias and Muslim fighters began on December 5.
The African Union will also increase the number of its existing force from 2,500 peacekeepers to 6,000.
According to reports, bodies piled up in the local hospital's morgue as more were still being recovered from the capital's streets on Sunday.Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Aralık 2013, 11:45