Soldiers of the Central African Republic national army (FACA) were forced to withdraw from Akroussoulback village, 80km from Ndele on the Gordile highway in the Bamingui-Bangoran prefecture, after two days of fighting Rebels of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC).
However, having dislodged the soldiers, the rebels vacated the village.
On Friday, September 2, 2022, around 7 a.m., the CPC rebels attacked FACA positions in the village and, for several hours, divided the village into two, with the FACA soldiers in the south and the CPC rebels in the north.
After a lull of several hours, fighting resumed on Saturday, and under severe pressure from CPC rebels, the FACA soldiers were forced to take their heels away from the village.
“They first took cover in Kounde, a small village around Ndele. By the evening of Saturday, September 3, 2022, FACA reinforcements from Ndele arrived, but they were unable to launch a counter-attack against the rebels. So finally, it was yesterday, Sunday, September 4, 2022, around midday, that the rebels forced the FACA soldiers to flee before they also withdrew from Akroussoulback,” a civil society activist who opted for anonymity told HumAngle this morning.
Akroussoulback village is currently enjoying relative calm after the rebels’ withdrawal, and no death toll is yet available, but material damage is enormous.
According to the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Premiere Urgence, this region of the northwest Central African Republic is particularly isolated, and access to medical facilities is challenging. Moreover, the chronic crises affecting the country have strongly weakened the health system, and the geographical isolation of the prefecture, combined with a road network in disrepair, aggravates the difficulties of access to the Ndele district hospital.
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