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Fighting intensifies in Ivory Coast

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Hundreds have been fleeing Ivory Coast’s capital adding to the 40,000 people already displaced after an increase in fighting.

Clashes between supporters of the two men contesting the disputed presidential election point to the country descending into civil war.

Rocket-propelled grenades and mortars are now being used along with indiscriminate shootings.

Mohamed Sylla, a local priest described the impact the violence was having. “It has been terrible,” he said, “gunfire during the night and also during the day. It has affected a lot of families.”

One mortuary no longer has room for the dead – 50 bodies were delivered here only yesterday.

President Laurent Gbagbo is still refusing to hand over power, despite the apparent victory of his rival Alessane Ouattara in elections last year.