Fighting continues in Côte d’Ivoire

Fighting is continuing in Côte d'Ivoire with forces loyal to internationally recognized President Alassane Ouattara taking strategic towns in the west, central-west and east of the country.

Hamadoun Touré, Porte-parole de l'ONUCI

Hammadoun Touré

Incumbent Laurent Gbagbo is still refusing to step down following last year’s presidential elections which he lost to President Ouattara.

Hamadoun Touré is the spokesman for the United Nations mission in Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI).

“Well the situation has been unfolding. Cities have been falling to the Republican forces. It has been very rapid. It seems to be smoother than we expected and we are following it up very closely. On ONUCI side we sent a patrol to provide security for the Catholic Church in Duekoue where thousands of people have found refuge.”

In a related development, the Chief of Staff of the Ivorian army has reportedly sought refuge at the residence of the Ambassador of South Africa to Côte d’Ivoire.

The Security Council on Wednesday imposed sanctions on Mr. Gbagbo and his associates to force him to leave office.

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