United Nations: 247 killed in Côte d’Ivoire’s political stalemate.

The number of people killed in Côte d'Ivoire's political crisis has risen to 247 according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Peacekeepers in Côte d'Ivoire.

Peacekeepers in Côte d'Ivoire.

Deaths have occured on both sides of the political divide.

The UN peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) has received reports of three suspected mass graves, but efforts to verify their existence have been blocked by security forces.

Rupert Colville is a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights .  

“UNOCI military observers were informed by telephone on the 10th of January that a grave containing quote many bodies had been found in Issia in west central Côte d’Ivoire. UNOCI military and police officer went on a mission there the following day the 11 of January, to investigate, but they were unable to find the alleged grave and were unable to confirm whether it exists or not. On the earlier reports of two mass graves similarly were are not able to confirm their existence after the initial attempts to visit both sites were turned back.”

The UN says it has received reports of at least 49 disappearances.

Côte d’Ivoire has been in a political turmoil since the November 29 presidential elections. The international community believes the vote was won by Alassane Ouattara. However incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo has defiantly refused to cede power.

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