Ivorian Crisis: Pro-Ouattara Abobo inhabitants flee war zone

Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - The inhabitants of the Abobo community, located in the north of Abidjan, the Ivorian economic capital and who are mostly pro-Alassane Ouattara, are currently fleeing the district to seek refuge in other neighbouring communities considered more secured, PANA reported from here.

With bags hung on their bodies, mats and kitchen utensils on their heads, and holding their ones or dragging mattresses, they desert Abobo, which had been transformed into a battle field for some days.

The exodus intensified Thursday and Friday, after two days of violent fighting between the pro-Laurent Gbagbo Forces of Defence and Security (FDS) and armed groups, loyal to Ouattara.

The Council of Ministers of the Gbagbo government met Thursday and condemned the activities of a hitherto unknown commando unit, said to be fighting against Gbagbo's forces.

The Gbagbo government also accused the UN Operation in Cote d'Ivoire (ONUCI) of supporting the commandos.

PANA reports that Cote d’Ivoire is heading for a total of upsurge in violence, with sporadic clashes in some towns like Zouan-Hounien (west) and Bouaké and Yamoussoukro in central Cote d'Ivoire.

Cote d'Ivoire has been experiencing serious crisis since the second round of the presidential election of 28 November, 2010, that returned two presidents -- Ouattara, proclaimed by the Independent Electoral Commission and supported by the international community, and the outgoing president, Laurent Gbagbo, declared winner by the Constitutional Council.
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25 february 2011 17:54:34

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