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The escalation of violence in Central African Republic (CAR), mainly in the north of the country, is undermining vital humanitarian assistance for people who are already suffering due to limited access to aid, the international medical humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warned today.

From  March 22 to 24, heavy fire from automatic weapons and grenade explosions were heard around the PK5 and PK12 neighbourhoods in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic (CAR). Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams treated 38 wounded, three of whom died of their injuries.

Thousands of Muslims have been trapped for several weeks in these neighbourhoods, with international forces attempting to protect them from attacks by anti-balaka militias.

In the year since the March 24 coup d’état in Central African Republic (CAR), violence and turmoil has increased significantly and continues to spread. Caught up in the chaos are civilians, vulnerable to the violence, starvation and deadly disease.

An estimated 20 per cent of people living in CAR have been displaced, with many hiding in the bush or trapped in hospitals, churches and mosques. More recently, collective reprisal attacks against the minority Muslim community has caused them to flee the country en-masse.