ICRC "concern" about resurgence of Ivorian violence

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Friday expressed concern about the resurgence of violence in Côte d'Ivoire that has triggered the flight of thousands of people.

"We call on all those who have taken part in violent clashes over the past few days to respect human life and dignity," said the deputy chief of ICRC regional delegation, Philippe Beauverd, in a statement issued in Abidjan.

"In addition, medical staff, vehicles and "institutions must be preserved and respected," he said.

Since early this week, the city of Abidjan, particularly the suburb of Abobo, has been the scene of clashes between forces loyal to incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo and the main opposition leader Alassane Dramane Ouattara, who the international community says won the disputed 28 November presidential run-off elections.

The violence has reached Yamoussoukro, the country’s political capital.

The UN operation in Côte d'Ivoire (ONUCI) on Thursday called on Ivorian combatants for restraint to avoid unrest.

The department of human rights at ONUCI says the post-electoral violence has left 315 dead and 40,876 displaced.

25 february 2011 22:35:33

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