U.N. decries rising violence in Central African Republic

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The United Nations commissioner for human rights has condemned the spiraling violence in the Central African Republic, saying it should raise alarm.

Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said that 121 civilians had been killed since March, adding that unconfirmed reports of other casualties could make the real death toll climb to twice that.

According to him, the spreading violence “is highly worrying and should set off loud alarm bells.”

Weekend violence in the southeastern town of Bangassou forced several thousand people to seek refuge at the local mosque and church.

Aid workers have described a tense scene with hundreds of armed fighters.

C.A.R has been dogged by waves of sectarian violence since late 2013, with violence continues in remote areas outside government control.

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