BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — As the armed fighters who rule this country hunted door-to-door for their enemies Friday, Christian civilians caught in the crossfire fled by the thousands to the only refuge they know in this chaotic capital — the airport guarded by French forces.
By Emmanuel Braun and Paul-Marin Ngoupana BANGUI (Reuters) - France rushed troops to Central African Republic on Friday, its second major African intervention in a year, but clashes between Muslim and Christian militias continued unabated, spilling into widespread killings of civilians. "This horrific cycle of violence and retaliation must stop immediately," a United Nations spokesperson said, citing cases of rival Seleka and "anti-balaka" militias raiding homes and killing adults and children. "Civilians must be protected." The Red Cross said it had collected 281 bodies from two days of fighting in Bangui, but many more had been killed. In Paris, French President Francois Hollande told a meeting of African leaders that the CAR crisis proved the urgent need for the continent to create its own regional security force.