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Central African Republic on the verge of Total Meltdown

Following a few months of relative calm, tensions have once again flared up in the Central African Republic.

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The new wave of violence and insecurity was triggered by the killing of a MINUSCA peacekeeper on October 7 in the capital Bangui.

The deteriorating security situation in the capital, Bangui, highlights the fragile peace deal brokered by regional and international partners in Brazzaville in July, and increases concerns that the an election calendar planned for early 2015 may be too aggressive.

As in previous flare-ups of tensions in the CAR, the October 7 incident – where the first UN peacekeeper was killed since the deployment of the mission – a tit-for-tat cycle of violence has once again engulfed the country.

The UN estimates that several hundred people have been wounded, and at least 6,500 displaced, in the last couple of weeks.

The UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross have called upon the armed groups to respect the neutrality of the humanitarian actors, and allow safe passage for medical staff and emergency personnel, lest even more people die.

The violence in Bangui has once again created a sense of insecurity among the population, as many roads have been blocked by militias.

The volatility of the situation and how quickly it escalated highlights how tenuous the Brazzaville peace deal is, despite the increased presence of peacekeepers.

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