Over 13 000 flee Ivory Coast fighting

2012-06-21 21:26
United Nations soldiers carry the coffins of seven peacekeepers from Niger killed last week in southwestern Ivory Coast, during a memorial ceremony at United Nations headquarters in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. (Emanuel Ekra, AP)

United Nations soldiers carry the coffins of seven peacekeepers from Niger killed last week in southwestern Ivory Coast, during a memorial ceremony at United Nations headquarters in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. (Emanuel Ekra, AP)

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Abidjan - The United Nations says more than 13 000 people have fled their homes in southwestern Ivory Coast following a series of deadly attacks in June in which unidentified armed men killed at least 22 people, including seven UN peacekeepers.

The head of the UN humanitarian agency in Ivory Coast, Ute Kollies, said on Thursday residents around the town of Tai are "traumatized" and living in a state of "constant fear and panic".

"We have recorded five attacks since the beginning of June, and given the rumors floating around, everyone is fearful of what might happen next," Kollies said. She said in some villages all of the homes have been destroyed.

UN peacekeepers and Ivorian soldiers are patrolling but Kollies said the densely forested e Liberia border area needs to be secured further.

- AP
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