Ivory Coast crisis claims 462 lives

2011-03-24 16:01
Abidjan - Political unrest in Ivory Coast has claimed 462 lives this year, with 52 killings in the past week, the United Nations mission in Abidjan said on Thursday.

During the week "shelling and indiscriminate violence against civilians claimed at least 52 lives including five children and seven women, as well as several dozen injured," the UN mission's deputy human rights director Guillaume Ngefa told a press conference.

"The total number of deaths has gone up to 462 since mid-December" 2010, he added.

Violence erupted following November 28 presidential elections after incumbent Laurent Gbagbo refused to cede power to Alassane Ouattara, internationally recognised as the winner.

Read more on:    alassane ouattara  |  laurent gbagbo  |  ivory coast  |  west africa
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