Violence across Ivory Coast has brought the world’s top cocoa grower to the brink of another civil war, the UN has said.
The latest warning came as further clashes erupted in the main city Abidjan between loyalists to incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara, the man widely seen internationally to have won November’s disputed election.
Thousands of residents are now fleeing the city to escape the heavy fighting.
On Friday, rebels controlling the north of the country seized a small western town in government territory on the border with Liberia and are reported to be moving South.
Although not a key axis, the fighting there is being seen as a major escalation in hostilities between the rival camps.