Rebels in the Central African Republic said they had advanced into the capital Bangui, ignoring a call by the country's prime minister for talks to avoid a "bloodbath".
A picture taken on January 10, 2013 shows a Seleka rebel coalition member holding a rocket-propelled grenade in a village 12 kilometers from Damara. Rebel forces in the Central African Republic said Saturday that they had entered the capital Bangui and called on the army not to fight them and for the country's president to leave.
"We call on the population to stay at home, on the FACA (Central African Armed Forces) not to fight, and on President (Francois) Bozize to leave," Paris-based rebel spokesman Eric Massi said Saturday.
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