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Thousands flee renewed violence in CAR

Thousands flee renewed violence in CAR

Central African Republic

Thousands of people have fled renewed violence in the Central African Republic to neighbouring Chad and Cameroon.

The United Nations Refugee Agency said it had helped register some 6000 Central African refugees in Chad, a further 555 were registered in Cameroon.

The UNHCR says people started fleeing on June 12 when clashes erupted between livestock herders and local farmers in the Ouham Pende region.

The clashes, the agency said, are seasonal but this year rival ex-Seleka and anti-Balaka militias have been involved.

The tensions have affected 25,000 to 30,000 people in the country.

Refugees reportedly told the agency they had seen killings, kidnappings, looting and the torching of their homes.

Most fled direct attacks on their villages while some said they had run away fearing the fighting would come to their homes, reporting the presence of heavily armed fighters.

The Central African Republic was plunged into chaos in March 2013 when President Francois Bozize was overthrown by the Seleka rebel alliance.

Agencies