Sunday, April 3, 2011

Power struggle intensifies violence in Ivory Coast

Troops loyal to Laurent Gbagbo in Ivory Coast in Abidjan repelled attacks by supporters of Alassane Ouattara elected president, while the International Red Cross was released a figure of 800 people killed in communal clashes. Heavy weapons detonations were heard constantly from near the residence and office of Gbagbo, both besieged and in two major military bases at a time when Gbagbo's whereabouts were unknown.

The African Union, France, U.S. and UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, urged Gbagbo to resign immediately. But his supporters have repelled the attacks and an adviser to Gbagbo in Paris said that the surrender was "off the table." The forces supporting Ouattara, recognized as the winner of the November elections by African nations and the West, entered Abidjan on Thursday after an offensive from the South who had little resistance.

But now faced with the fighters loyal to Gbagbo, the Republican Guard, an elite force of two thousand 500 people, concentrated in Abidjan with other Army soldiers. "At least 800 people died in Duekoue on Tuesday. Information on this case were collected by delegates of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) who were to take place from 31 March to the first of April, "said an ICRC spokesman in Gienbra, Dorothea Krimitsas.

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