Friday, April 8, 2011

The UN confirms the finding of more than 100 dead in western Ivory Coast

When Laurent Gbagbo, the outgoing president of the Ivory Coast, met in Abidjan one week defending the president's troops recognized by the international community, Alassane Ouattara, the situation for the Ivorian continues to worsen. The UN has confirmed the discovery of more than a hundred corpses in the last 24 hours in the West.

The agency, which described as "alarming" situation in Abidjan, the economic capital, has requested the opening of humanitarian corridors for the thousands of prsonas fleeing violence. The dead are added to the 800 of which informed the International Committee of the Red Cross last week in the area of Duekoue.

Fifteen of the bodies have been found in this city, where ethnic violence broke out after being taken by the forces of Ouattara, spokesman of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Rupert Colville. Another 40 bodies were found in Bloléquin, a town west of Duekoue now deserted. In this case, is attributed auoría of killing militants in Liberia.

Another 60 bodies were found in the nearby town of Guiglo. According to Colville, some victims were burnt alive and others thrown into a well, although it is very difficult to establish who were responsible for the killings. Most corpses in civilian clothes, were lying in the streets as if they had been shot while trying to escape.

The UN describes as alarming the situation in Abidjan, with countless corpses through the streets, with entire neighborhoods without water or electricity and food shortages. "Many hospitals and clinics have simply ceased their activities, and those who have not closed, do not have enough doctors, medicines and other basic materials," warned Elizabeth Byrs, spokeswoman for the Office of Humanitarian Aid (OCHA).

While the country is bleeding to death in ethnic and sectarian strife, Gbagbo remains entrenched in his palace in Abidjan, surrounded by the forces of Ouattara, a situation that can extend more than was thought at the beginning of the siege, when negotiations with the outgoing president France to expect a quick exit.

In his first television appearance since fighting began in Abidjan, Ouattara said last night that his men will not enter the palace to catch Gbagbo, hidden in an underground bunker with his family, but expect to run out of food and water. "The area around the residence which is located Gbagbo is cordoned off and secured," said Ouattara.

In his speech, the president recognized by the community as a winner of the election November election, criticized Gbagbo have caused a humanitarian crisis in the country's largest city for his refusal to leave power. He also announced his intention to revive the economy of the world's largest producer of cocoa, which asked the European Union to lift sanctions hanging over the ports of Abidjan and San Pedro, and requested the reopening of banks for citizens can collect their salaries.

Ouattara aims to restore normalcy in the country, but is insecure. It does not seem possible while Gbagbo remains locked in a bunker dug into the basement of his personal residence. Surrounded by his children and his wife, Simone;, praying and singing hymns, as they say several sources in Abidjan, the former leaders with a thousand loyal soldiers.

Of these, 200 men, armed with machine guns but also with rocket launchers and armored vehicles, are entrenched with Gbagbo in his compound, become targets of attacks. The rest are concentrated in other areas of the city. Some of these data were presented yesterday by the French defense minister, Gerard Longuet, in an appearance before the Senate.

Longuet also said that UN forces maintain control over the troops loyal to Gbagbo, monitoring the perimeter where they are and the two main bridges linking south and north of the city. French helicopters were involved in Abidjan early Thursday to free the Japanese ambassador in Abidjan, whose residence in the district of Cocody, is close to Gbagbo.

French soldiers also rescued the ambassadors of Israel and India, which accounts for the state of chaos and insecurity in Abidjan. France says all the time responding to attacks by Gbagbo's forces, but a military source quoted by Agence France Presse said that "for an hour and a half, and exploiting the attack to free the Japanese ambassador, fired artillery defenses personal residence of Gbagbo.

" Meanwhile, the city of four million inhabitants, is sliding into disaster. The bodies were rotting in the street. Bands of looters roam certain neighborhoods. The electricity and water cuts are frequent. The NGO Doctors without Borders reports that one of its teams is stuck in a hospital in the southern district of Abobo.

Or ambulances or doctors can ensure the transfer of the wounded. About two thousand foreigners have taken refuge in the French base at Port-Bouet.

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