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Doctors shut down most services at Bangui camp

Thursday - 1/2/2014, 10:44am  ET

A boy carries items salvaged from looted houses, as he heads back from Garaba neighborhood to a camp for the displaced at Mpoko Airport, in Bangui, Central African Republic, on New Year's Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. Clashes between armed gangs of Muslim and Christian residents continued in the 5th Arrondissement on Wednesday, with neighborhood residents reporting at least four people killed. In Garaba, several homes belonging to Christians were burned, and multiple Muslim homes looted. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- With bullets from nearby fighting whizzing past, Doctors Without Borders has temporarily suspended all but emergency care at the field hospital it runs inside the main refugee camp in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic.

Lindis Hurum, the medical charity's coordinator at the camp inside the international airport, said by telephone that her staff as well as their patients had become too exposed due to continued fighting. Stray bullets have hit people inside the camp, she said. For now, Doctors Without Borders will provide only emergency care to the more than 100,000 people living under scraps of plastic and pieces of cardboard at the airport.

An AP journalist at the scene saw lines of people bearing bullet and machete wounds waiting to be treated.


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