UNITED NATIONS – The United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday that authorizes more than 1,000 additional military and police personnel for the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic.
The resolution follows up on a request by the U.N. secretary-general in January for another 1,030 peacekeepers to help bring unprecedented violence between Christians and Muslims under control outside the capital, Bangui.
It authorizes another 750 military personnel and 280 police personnel, as well as 20 corrections officers.
The originally authorized U.N. peacekeeping force in Central African Republic has not yet fully deployed and remains at about 80 percent of its planned strength.
At least 5,000 people have been killed since the country exploded into sectarian violence in December 2013.