France’s military, which controls Bangui airport, said about 2,000 Central Africans took refuge there on Thursday, most if not all of them Christian. The crowd swelled on Friday.
Yves Wayina, 26, fled with his wife and six children.
“France must come and rapidly deploy and do everything possible to save us,” he said on Friday.
“We are angry,” he said through the fence keeping civilians away from the airport runway. “The Muslims should go back where they came from.”