Sunday, April 3, 2011

NGOs denounce massacres in Ivory Coast and provide a disaster in Abidjan

Madrid. At least 800 people died last Tuesday, March 29, in the fighting for control of Duekoue Ivorian city (west), as reported Friday by the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), quoted by CNN. Before this information, the defense agencies for Human Rights estimated that 462 people had died, some so outrageous-a cause of conflict.

They had also warned that a catastrophe broke out in Abidjan if the fighting intensifies. Salvatore Sagues, Amnesty International's West Africa, has asked the international community to give "immediate steps to protect the civilian population." For his part Henry Gray, a member of Doctors Without Borders warned that "the situation of the streets has deteriorated to such an extent that it has become too dangerous to leave" home.

"They are looting and pillaging going on many, and if you're on the streets, you are basically a goal," he explained. The forces for the elected president, Alassane Ouattara, have launched a major offensive by seeking to decisively defeat the regime of interim president, Laurent Gbagbo, who has spent several days without appearing in public.

The fighting is happening especially in the economic capital Abidjan, where there are two leaders. Meanwhile, the government maintains Ouattara land and sea borders closed until further notice, but traffic has resumed. The French ambassador in Ivory Coast has assured France Info radio that Gbagbo's residence is empty.

In contrast, the foreign minister of Gbagbo, Alcide Djedje, has ensured that this continues inside the presidential palace, which already recorded attacks by troops loyal to Ouattara. Djedje also said that Gbagbo would address the nation late on Friday, finally something has not happened.

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