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Apr022011

Ivory Coast Violence Leaves 800 Dead

SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images(DUEKOUE, Ivory Coast) -- Intercommunal violence in the western Ivory Coast city of Duekoue has left at least 800 people dead.

The International Committee of the Red Cross called the scale and brutality of the event shocking.

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

The two forces have been battling for power since Ouattara was named the winner of November's presidential election and Gbagbo refused to leave office, claiming that he, not Ouattara was victorious.

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