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Red Cross voices shock over Ivory Coast violence

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Red Cross voices shock over Ivory Coast violence


As fierce fighting continues in the city of Abidjan in Ivory Coast, charities are voicing shock at the scope and brutality of post-election violence in the country.

The International Committee of the Red Cross now estimates that at least 800 people were killed on March the 29th in clashes in the western town of Duekoue.

Aid workers say thousands have been killed or injured across the country since disputed elections in November.

Forces loyal to the presidential challenger Alassane Ouattara entered Abidjan, the commercial capital, after seizing control of numerous other centres.

Clashes spread across Abidjan, with forces loyal to incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo putting up a fight. He is refusing to cede power to Ouattara, who is recognised by the international community as the winner of last year’s presidential ballot.

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