Fresh clashes kill five people in Ivory Coast

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Fresh clashes kill five people in Ivory Coast

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At least five people died on Tuesday in fresh clashes between supporters of Ivory Coast’s internationally-recognised president Alassane Ouattara and incumbent Laurent Gbagbo.

The fighting broke out during the early morning in Abobo, a predominantly pro-Ouattara neighbourhood of the capital Abidjan.

The violence lasted several hours and was peppered with sporadic gunfire.

Ivory Coast has been in turmoil since a disputed presidential poll on November the 28th that both men claim to have won.

The United Nations says more than 200 people have died since election day.

The vote was intended to reunify Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa producer, which has been effectively divided since a 2002-2003 civil war.

An armed rebellion split the country between the mainly Muslim rebels in the north and the largely Christian, government-controlled south.

More than 20,000 Ivorians have fled across the western border to Liberia, fearing a repeat of that brutal conflict eight years ago.