The Central African Republic reveals the reason for shooting Egyptian peacekeepers
The Central African Republic revealed that the reason for shooting Egyptian soldiers with the UN peacekeeping forces and wounding 10 of them was because they approached the presidential headquarters and filmed it without heeding the warnings.
The spokesman for the Central African Presidency, Albert Yaluki Mokbemi, said in an interview with the Russian “Sputnik” agency, that some of these soldiers “took pictures near the residence of the President, Faustin-Archange Touadera, and the guard advised them to stop this matter, but they refused.”
Mokbemi added that the Egyptian soldiers came from Bangui Mpoko International Airport to head to their Egyptian battalion in a unit about 500 meters from the president’s residence, but they missed the path and continued to the headquarters.
According to Mokbemi, the presidential guard forces gave an order to the Egyptian soldiers to stop, but they continued on their path, and then received a second warning but did not respond, and tried to escape.
He said that the presidential guards shot them, and when they tried to escape, they ran over a 12-year-old girl and she died.
He added, “Whenever the President of the Republic travels abroad, we see these units approaching his residence to take pictures, and this time it has become unacceptable, it is provocative.”
He added that discussions were held about this incident, and during the discussion of the incident with the spokesperson for the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic “MINUSCA”, the latter admitted that what happened was caused by a mistake on the part of the Egyptian battalion, as its members crossed the entrance to the barracks. The battalion mistakenly came close to the president’s house.
Earlier in the day, the UN Mission in the Central African Republic accused the country’s presidential guard of opening fire on unarmed Egyptian peacekeepers on Monday, wounding 10 of them.
MINUSCA said in a statement that the Egyptian peacekeepers had just arrived at the capital’s airport when they “came under heavy fire from the Republican Guard without any prior warning or response and even though they were unarmed.”
The alleged shooting is the latest in a series of incidents that have strained the relationship between the government and the UN mission, which has accused security forces of repeatedly violating the two sides’ agreement on the status of international forces.