ONUCI fears attacks against staff

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire – The UN operations in Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI) on Thursday expressed fears that the hostility of supporters of incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo to the organisation could be transformed into physical attacks.

In a statement issued in Abidjan, ONUCI says that civilians and military personnel loyal to Mr Gbagbo have begun attacking its vehicles in Abidjan.

Several vehicles belonging to ONUCI have been set on fire and three others destroyed, including an ambulance.

A patient being taken by the ambulance to hospital was injured at the head.

On 10 January night, a joint ONUCI military and police patrol was shot at by forces loyal to Mr Gbagbo, injuring three UN peacekeepers.

A group of young men close to Gbagbo, the man widely seen as having lost the controversial 28 November election, pillaged an ONUCI food convoy in Abidjan on Monday.

Côte d'Ivoire has been thrown into confusion with both Gbagbo and opposition leader Alassane Ouattara, who has been seen by the international community as winner of the election, claiming victory.
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