By Daniel Flynn PARIS (Reuters) - Central African Republic's Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye urged the immediate deployment of French troops and an African peacekeeping force (MISCA) following the approval of a U.N. resolution on Thursday. Tiangaye said heavy fighting in the riverside capital Bangui on Thursday followed an organized attempt by supporters of former president Francois Bozize to topple the transitional government.
By Emmanuel Braun and Paul-Marin Ngoupana BANGUI (Reuters) - Rival militia forces fought fierce battles in Central African Republic's capital on Thursday and the U.N. authorized French military action to halt Muslim-Christian sectarian violence that threatens to escalate into widespread civilian massacres. A Reuters witness and an aid worker said at least 105 people were killed in the fighting between former rebels now in charge of the country and a mix of local militia and fighters loyal to ousted president Francois Bozize. Mindful of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, when hundreds of thousands were killed as the world looked on, the United States and other Western powers have urged swift international action to prevent the anarchy in Central African Republic leading to major atrocities against the civilian population. Most of the fighting in Bangui had eased by midday, though the streets were largely deserted and death tolls mounted and there were reports of widespread abuses during the fighting.