United Nations troops recapture the city of Bangassou, Central African Republic.
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The troops of the United Nations (UN) managed to recapture the city of Bangassou, located East of the capital city of the Central African Republic, Bangui. The city was captured two weeks ago by rebels that are waging a war against the the government of President Faustin Archange Touadera. The rebels consisted of six of the most powerful groups in the country, held two thirds of the country under their control, but last month they united together to fight the government, to avoid the reelection of Mr. Touadera.
The rebels left their positions in Bangassou, after being given an ultimatum by the UN peacekeeping force MINUSCA.
The city of Bangassou is under the complete control of MINUSCA.MINUSCA spokesman, Vladimir Monteiro.
The rebels captured the city of Bangassou on January 3rd, causing residents to flee to the border of Democratic Republic of Congo to avoid the bloodshed. The refugees spent 13 days sleeping outdoors. Now they are returning back to the city to return to their homes. The UN force also made sure to avoid looting overnight between Friday and Saturday.