ICRC: Some 800 civilians killed in Duékoué

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) – At least 800 people were killed on 29 March during inter-community violence in Duékoué in western Cote d'Ivoire, according the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

In the statement made available to PANA on Saturday, the head of the ICRC delegation in Ivory Coast, Mrs Dominique Liengme, condemned the direct attacks on civilians and reminded both sides involved in the fighting in the West African country of their obligation to ensure in all circumstances the protection of populations in the territory they control.

“This event is particularly dramatic by its scale and brutality," Mrs Liengme said.

Several ICRC delegates and Ivorian ICRC volunteers on 31 March and 1 April visited the places to enquire about the needs expressed by the local populations and collect accounts on what happened.

They also evacuated 28 bodies to the local mortuary. That operation should continue over the next few days, it said.

In addition, thousands of women, men and children have fled the fighting and looting, since fighting between the two rival sides loyal to Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara started last Monday.

More than 494 people have been killed in Cote d'Ivoire since mid-December, according to the United Nations.
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02 april 2011 12:08:01

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