Ivory Coast factions wage heavy fighting

Associated Press / April 21, 2011

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ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — Nine days after former president Laurent Gbagbo was captured, his die-hard forces were still battling troops of Ivory Coast’s democratically elected president yesterday in an Abidjan neighborhood, leaving civilians in the crossfire.

While shelling shook homes in the Yopougon suburb, the rest of Ivory Coast’s commercial capital tried to inch back to normality.

Traffic was returning and shops were reopening, though there were shortages of many things — including money. Banks have not reopened, and officials were trying to get currency from the West African regional bank in Senegal.

William Dufourcq of Action Against Hunger said the fighting was so intense in Yopougon that his French charity could not get in to deliver water to around 4,000 people who have sought shelter at a church there. A resident of the sprawling suburb said yesterday that troops loyal to elected President Alassane Ouattara were lobbing shells into the neighborhood and pro-Gbagbo civilian supporters were trying to get out.

Ghana said yesterday that it evacuated its diplomats.

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