Life in Côte d'Ivoire's capital Abidjan unpredictable says UN

Displaced persons in Côte d'Ivoire

Displaced persons in Côte d'Ivoire

Thousands of residents of Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital, Abidjan, are trying to leave the city as fears of an all out war loom.

Members of the Ivorian Defense and Security Forces (FDSCI), loyal to former president Laurent Gbagbo, having been shelling and fighting in Abobo, a neighbourhood considered the stronghold of supporters of rival and winner of November’s elections, Alassane Ouattara.

Scores of civilians have been killed and wounded in the conflict. Due to the rise of internal displacements, the UN’s humanitarian agency has allocated around 10 million dollars to meet the urgent humanitarian needs Speaking to Jocelyne Sambira, Kenneth Blackman, ONUCI Deputy Spokesman says the situation is unpredictable, but there seems to be lull in the violence for now.

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