CAR Leader Hails French Military Operation 12/5/13
PARIS - The prime minister of the Central African Republic is welcoming a French military intervention into his country, hours after deadly assaults around a capital descending toward anarchy.
After the U.N. Security Council approved a resolution Thursday authorizing force to end the violence, French President Francois Hollande announced he would double the number of troops in the former French colony, possibly within hours.
In his first reaction to the French move, Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye told The Associated Press that he sees it "very positively" and that he had wanted a "firm reaction from France." He called for fast action "to put an end to this violence and these atrocities."
Witnesses and aid workers say clashes in Bangui (bahn-GEE') between left at least 98 people dead today. Armed Christian fighters who have opposed the Muslim-led government in power attacked the capital before dawn, the most serious violence to hit Bangui since a March coup. The former rebels who now control Central African Republic are accused of committing scores of human rights abuses. However, the Christian militias are now also implicated in massacres on Muslim communities.