Bangui - A priest says fighting in Central African Republic has left at least 30 people dead and forced many to flee their homes for the bush.
Everaldo De Suza of the Saint Anne parish in Dekoa said on Thursday that the fighting that led to those deaths began on Tuesday when Christian militants attacked the town in the country's centre.
A Christian commander confirmed the fighting but denied that his forces had started it. The death toll could not be independently confirmed.
Central African Republic has descended into sectarian violence in the past year following a coup.
France and the African Union have deployed troops, and the Security Council is expected to vote later on Thursday on sending a UN force.