American Red Cross

100 dead in Central African Republic town after clashes, mayor says

Clashes between armed groups in the Central African Republic town of Bria have left at least 100 people dead in the wake of a peace agreement signed this week in Rome that called for an immediate cease-fire, officials said Wednesday.

Security remained so precarious that Red Cross teams could not venture into the streets to collect bodies for burial.

"For the moment, no one dares to go out as everything suggests that fighting can resume at any time," said the Rev. Gildas Gbeni of the St. Louis Catholic mission in Bria. "Witnesses coming from different neighborhoods say they have had to climb over dozens of bodies that now litter the ground."

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