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Central African Republic Joint Forces Recapture Rebel Occupation

Central African Republic soldiers and their allies are pushing rebels out of their strongholds, recapturing towns once controlled by the rebels.

The joint forces of the Central African Republic (CAR) army known as FACA and their Rwandan and Russian allies have continued to dislodge the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) from towns where they held sway.

The coalition forces pushed out the rebels from the sub-district of Gamboula last week and are already sweeping towards the sub-district of Amadagaza.

The FACA forces and their Rwandan and Russian allies who arrived at Berberati on Tuesday, March 2, have carried out counter-attacks against the village of Babaza situated 30 kilometres from Berberati.

The CPC fighters who had captured the village a week earlier resisted for two days but were forced to abandon their positions. The allies have since moved on to Nassoule village, situated 50 kilometres from a barricade where the rebels had blocked circulation on the Berberati-Kenzo corridor.

The allies are continuing their offensive and have just recaptured the sub-district of Gamboula, situated 74 kilometres to the west of Berberati.

The town of Gamboula in Mambere-Kadei constitutes the most important town on the frontier with Cameroon along with Baboua in Nana-Mambere district.

After liberating the supply corridor, the FACA soldiers and their allies are continuing their operations in the Amadagaza zone, one of seven sub-districts of Mambere-Kadei situated 130 kilometres to the Northwest of Berberati, the chief town of the Mambere-Kadei district.

For now, movement on the Berberati-Kenzo highway has not yet fully resumed but motorbikes have been plying the road, transporting passengers right up to the frontier with Cameroon.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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