ONUCI says Abobo killing 'could be crime against humanity'

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) – The UN Operations in Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI) on Friday said the killing of civilians on Thursday in Abobo, a district in the commercial capital of Abidjan, "could be a crime against humanity".

The UN mission says that the examination of the shells at Abobo market and its outskirts confirm that they were 81mm mortar shells.

ONUCI says those shells, which left between 25 and 30 people dead and about 60 injured, were fired from a military camp of security forces loyal to incumbent Laurent Gbagbo, who has refused to step down for the internationally recognised president, Alassane Ouattara.

ONUCI reaffirmed its will to "take the necessary measures to protect civilians, in accordance with its terms".

According to ONUCI, 410 people have been killed since the beginning of the post-electoral crisis late last year.
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18 march 2011 21:19:20

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