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C.Africa leader pleads for calm as 30,000 flee tense capital

Soldiers from the French Foreign Legion taking part in Operation Sangaris patrol the market in Sibut, north of Bangui, on September 25, 2015The streets of the capital of the Central African Republic were deserted, with terrified residents sheltering indoors and tens of thousands fleeing their homes after three days of shooting and bloodshed. “We fear that the violence we’re seeing in Bangui is a return to the dark days of late 2013 and 2014, when thousands were killed and tens of thousands had to flee their homes,” UN refugee agency spokesman Leo Dobbs told reporters Tuesday. At least 36 people have died in the last three days and 27,400 fled their homes amid the latest flare up of violence in the conflict-torn country, the United Nations said.

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