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A Contingent Of 120 Mauritanian Soldiers Arrives CAR To Join Minusca Forces

The purpose of the deployment is to join the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

A new contingent of 120 soldiers from the sixth battalion of the Mauritanian army arrived in the Central African Republic capital, Bangui, for the maintenance of peace on Wednesday,  Dec. 22. 

The purpose of the deployment is to join the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

According to the high command of the Mauritanian armed forces, the operation for the transportation of the new contingent of Mauritanian soldiers to Bangui will continue until mid January 2022.

This contingent would eventually be deployed in the locality of Bambari in the centre of the country.

The deployment comes less than one month after the deployment of a contingent of Mauritanian gendarmes to Bria, under the auspices of the United Nations within the context of the maintenance of peace in the Central African Republic.

Since 2014, Mauritania is engaged in the peacekeeping mission of the United Nations in the Central African Republic and regularly sends contingents to participate in peacekeeping operations in the country which is ravaged by armed conflict, resulting in the deaths of thousands of civilians, and forcing many civilians to flee their towns and villages to other zones in the country, and to cross borders to neighbouring countries such as Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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