UN Takes Over C. African Republic Peacekeeping

September 15, 2014 7:08 PM

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The United Nations took over a regional African peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic on Monday, nine months after sectarian violence erupted that has left at least 5,000 people dead and has forced tens of thousands of Muslims to flee into exile in neighboring countries.

About 1,800 additional peacekeepers and police are joining the mission as the United Nations takes over, though that force when combined with the existing African troops is still only about 65 percent of what was authorized by the U.N. Security Council in April.

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