Entries in Abidjan (4)


New Year’s Stampede Kills 61, Mostly Children, in Ivory Coast 

HERVE SEVI/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A crush of people has killed at least 61 party-goers — most of them children — following New Year’s eve celebrations in the city of Abidjan in Ivory Coast. Officials say over 200 were injured in a stampede of people who had been watching fireworks at the African country’s sports stadium.

State broadcaster RTF 1 reported that the crush occurred when party goers were leaving Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium in the country’s biggest city. Firefighter Colonel Sakho Issa told the station that many of the victims were suffocated after becoming trapped in a crush of people trying to return home.

Many of the injured taken to a nearby hospital were also children, according to news agencies. One of the injured told Reuters that security forces had tried to disperse the crowds, causing panic during which people fell and were trampled.

President Alassane Ouattara has visited the scene, declaring New Year’s Day to be a day of mourning in the West African state. A government investigation into what caused the accident is underway.

Hours after the stampede, soldiers patrolled the site, where victims’ clothes, shoes and other debris littered the street.

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Ivory Coast: Gbagbo Forces Gaining Ground in Abidjan, UN Says

ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images(ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast) -- Forces in the Ivory Coast loyal to incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo are gaining ground throughout Abidjan -- the country's economic capital -- according to the United Nations.

Alain Le Roy, a UN peacekeeping official, said Friday that a small interval on Tuesday for peace talks allowed the heavily armed Gbagbo forces to gain control in the Plateau and Cocody areas of Abidjan.

Supporters of Gbagbo have battled against the country's internationally recognized president, Alassane Ouattara since the controversial election in November in which the UN certified that Ouattara had won.  Gbagbo refused to give up power.

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UN Pulls Out Workers as Ivory Coast Violence Continues

SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images(ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast) -- As fighting continues in the Ivory Coast, the United Nations on Sunday began pulling some of its employees from its base in Abidjan.

According to published reports, the U.N. plans to evacuate approximately 200 of its workers as rival groups continue to do battle in Abidjan. There are also reports that French troops have taken control of the airport, allowing it to be re-opened.

Intercommunal violence in the western Ivory Coast city of Duekoue has left at least 800 people dead.

The violence is part of a continued political upheaval between forces loyal to the UN-recognized president Alassane Ouattara and the incumbent, Laurent Gbagbo.

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One Million People Estimated to Have Fled Ivory Coast Port

ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images(ABIDJAN, Cote d'Ivoire) -- UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, reports that a million people may have fled the Ivory Coast port city of Abidjan in the wake of violence over President Laurent Gbagbo's disputed election.

Residents have fled from the dense neighborhoods of the city due fears of escalating violence between Gbagbo and his opponent Alassane Ouattara, both of whom allege to have won November's presidential election.

450 people have been reported dead since violence erupted.

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