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Cameroonians set fire to hospital as military and separatist trade defect

In Cameroon, hundreds of people in the country’s troubled west have protested attacks on schools, churches and clinics after a hospital in the city of Mumf was set on fire. Cameroon’s military and separatists have been blamed for last week’s attack.

Cameroonian officials say several hundred people protested in the streets of the city of Mamphe on Monday against separatist attacks on civic bodies in the south-west region.

Cameroon’s state broadcaster CRTV reported that protests by community leaders were sparked after a fire broke out at Mamphe’s largest hospital on June 8.

Merchant Danielle Mbange spoke to VOA from Mamphe via a messaging application about why they participated in the protest.

“It is very disappointing that people would attack a social infrastructure that has widespread use for the entire community,” Mbange said. “Who on earth would even think to destroy the hospital where women and children, men, elderly use it?”

Similar protests are taking place in other cities including the Cameroonian capital Yaounde.

The military blamed the rebels for the attack and said its soldiers saved about 50 patients from the flames, injuring several patients and nurses.

Capo Daniele is the self-proclaimed deputy chief of defense of the Ambazonia Defense Forces, one of Cameroon’s largest rebel groups.

He denied that he was responsible and voiced a common separatist claim that government troops attacked him to tarnish his image.

“Away from there is a Cameroonian military barracks, there was a joint Cameroonian military patrol and a check point nearby,” Daniel said. “Ambazonian fighters could not have been able to bypass these military installations, taking time to evacuate patients while shooting in the air without any intervention from the Cameroonian military. It was an action. [attack] Wearing civilian clothes by Cameroonian military men.”

Cameroonian officials rejected the rebels’ claim. Mengo Victor Arrey Nkongho is a Cameroonian minister in charge of special duties in Yaounde.

“Today, we hear them on social media blaming our defense and security forces,” Nkongho said. “They no longer want what their products {fighter} did. A hospital that had about 49 patients and nurses. These are witnesses, they know who got them out of bed. The military were not people. They {fighter} hospital The patients were pulled out of their beds, from the wards before setting it on fire.”

Nkongho says federal troops rushed to the hospital and transferred the patients to a nearby military hospital.

Protesters on Monday called on the government and the military to better protect hospitals, schools and churches from separatist attacks.

Last week’s attack is not the first time Anglophone separatists have been accused of targeting civilian buildings in Mamphe.

In February, the Roman Catholic Church in Cameroon said armed men set fire to a famous girls’ hostel in the city.

The military blamed the rebels, who vowed to investigate, but have yet to publish a response.

The rebels have been fighting for an English-speaking state to be separated from French-majority Cameroon since 2017.

The UN says at least 3,300 people have been killed and more than 750,000 internally displaced in the conflict between the two sides.

This article is republished from – Voa News – Read the – original article.

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