U.N. Authorizes African, French Troops in Central African Republic


A resolution for joint military action by African and French forces in the Central African Republic was unanimously approved by the U.N. Security Council, hours after Muslim-Christian violence intensified in the capital city.

At least 105 people were killed in Bangui on Thursday, Reuters reports. At a mosque, one correspondent had counted 53 bodies, most of which appeared to have been hacked or clubbed to death.

The new authorization, which gives troops the power to use force in order to protect civilians, also imposed an arms embargo on the country and asked the U.N. to prepare for a potential peacekeeping mission. Britain’s military also said Thursday that it’s discussing the possibility of providing France with “limited logistical support,” AFP reports.

Last month, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius claimed the country was “on the verge of genocide” and announced France was adding hundreds of troops to its force protecting…

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