Hundreds of people tried to flee inter-religious violence in the Central African Republic on Saturday aboard emergency flights to neighboring Chad, while nearby countries appealed for help to rescue ... more 
Hundreds of people tried to flee inter-religious violence in the Central African Republic on Saturday aboard emergency flights to neighboring Chad, while nearby countries appealed for help to rescue their citizens from the mounting humanitarian crisis. Tit-for-tat violence between Muslim Seleka rebels, who seized power in March, and Christian self-defense militias have killed more than 1,000 people this month in the riverside capital Bangui and displaced hundreds of thousands more. Fighting in the former French colony has surged in recent weeks despite the presence of 1,600 French peacekeepers and nearly 4,000 African Union troops deployed under a U.N. mandate to protect civilians. Bangui was calm on Saturday. less 
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