Witnesses say rebels have entered the northern side of the Central African Republic capital days after they threatened to again take up arms against the government.
Guy Moussa, who lives in the PK12 neighborhood of Bangui, tells The Associated Press that hundreds of rebels entered the city around 5 p.m. Saturday.
The arrival of the rebels marks their first entry into the capital since their rebellion began in December.
The rebels, known as Seleka, signed a peace accord with the government in mid-January that allows President Francois Bozize to finish his term in 2016.
But the accord quickly unraveled, and Seleka threatened again this week to attack and oust Bozize.