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Tunisia Contributes 120 More Soldiers To UN Peacekeeping Operations In Central African Republic

According to UN sources in Bangui, the Tunisian soldiers are an aviation unit, and are the first of their kind to be mobilised

One hundred and twenty Tunisian soldiers on Tuesday, Sept. 21,  arrived at Bangui, the Central African Republic capital, to reinforce the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSCA) forces in the country.

According to UN sources in Bangui, the Tunisian soldiers are an aviation unit, and are the first of their kind to be mobilised following the Resolution 2566 of the United Nations Security Council which authorised the augmentation of the soldiers and police of MINUSCA with a view to reinforcing its operational capacity.

The Tunisian soldiers would integrate the United Nations forces after the arrival in August this year of 300 Rwandan Blue Helmets.

This deployment comes at a time when Mankeur Ndiaye, the head of MINUSCA and Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General, demanded the UN Security Council to reinforce the UN troops in the Central African Republic which would soon see the departure of the Gabonese contingent which was accused of sexual abuses against young females in the country.

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