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UNHCR shocked at mounting violence in Côte d’Ivoire

March 22, 2011 Comments off

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Refugees who fled the post-election instability in Côte d’Ivoire wait to be registered at a camp in Liberia.

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, March 18 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said on Friday it was shocked at the escalating violence in Côte d’Ivoire, which has led to continuing population displacement. Fighting this week in the country’s commercial centre, Abidjan, has been at its fiercest level since the political crisis began after the presidential election in November.

On Thursday, residents of the city’s northern suburb of Abobo came under heavy shelling, leaving at least 25 people reported dead and many more injured. Earlier in the week, several other parts of Abidjan also registered attacks. Read more…