A UN peacekeeping force made up of soldiers from Rwanda and Zambia said it had expelled rebels from the Coalition of Patriots for Change from a town in the war-torn Central African Republic in order to “protect civilians”. The AFP news agency reports that the MINUSCA peacekeepers were deployed to try to negotiate a withdrawal. When this failed, it launched a military operation” on Sunday. A top official with the UN peacekeeping force said two rebels had died of their wounds, while the CPC in its own statement accused MINUSCA of “immoral collusion” with Russian mercenary outfit Wagner and the Centrafrican forces it is alleged to be backing. One of the world’s poorest countries, the Central African Republic has been torn apart by civil wars since 2013 when a Muslim-dominated rebellion overthrew president Francois Bozize, sparking reprisals from predominantly Christian and animist self-defence militias.