French and UN helicopters have attacked near the Abidjan residence of Ivory Coast’s incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo.
The UN’s Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has ordered the peacekeeping force to use all necessary means to stop Gbagbo’s heavy weapons from being used against civilians.
The operation follows Saturday’s counter-attack on the hotel where Gbagbo’s rival for the presidency, Alassane Ouattara has made his base.
Lawyers acting for Ouattara who is internationally recognised as winning November’s presidential election, have called on the UN to bring Gbagbo to justice.
As the fighting continues between the rival camps, Ouattara forces destroyed a symbolic stone belonging to the man who is refusing to hand over power.
Meanwhile concern is growing over conditions in the city, where civilians have been holed up for days with little to eat or drink.