U.N. peacekeepers have rescued at least 200 civilians in a humanitarian mission in the Central African Republic, the United Nations said on Wednesday, in what was a first time the international community had conducted such a mission outside of war zones.
U.N.-led forces and African Union troops began their humanitarian operation in the capital Bangui on Jan. 6, after a UN-led peacekeeping mission there killed more than 100 people.
It said at least 1,800 people were rescued and that at least 300 people had been evacuated.
The mission was launched in response to an urgent humanitarian need.
The U.NS. said in a statement the rescued civilians included women and children and included “many who are not yet able to return to their homes and communities because of the effects of war.”
The mission, which was launched to save civilians in the wake of the Jan. 7 violence, has already rescued hundreds of people and returned to nearly 3,000 people who have been rescued, the statement said.