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Tension after Ivory Coast clashes

Wednesday, May 04, 2011 - 01:31

May 4 - Government troops line Abidjan's streets after deadly clashes with forces fighting for deposed President Laurent Gbagbo. Simon Hanna reports.

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On the streets of Abidjan, this has become a familiar sight. Armed government troops patrol this neighbourhood in the Ivory Coast capital, following deadly clashes on Tuesday. Forces loyal to recently deposed leader Laurent Gbagbo are locked in fighting with the troops of newly installed President Alassane Outtara. Reports suggest five people were killed in Tuesday's clashes, but government forces say they are gradually quelling the resistance. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRCI UNIT CHIEF, CLAUDE TOURE: "There are a few pockets of resistance but I think that with time and prayer from one side or another we will get there. I think that it won't take long until we turn the page and life will restart again." A commander of the Ivorian army said that the remaining pro Gbagbo fighters in the area were mostly foreign mercenaries. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRCI UNIT COMMANDER, ZACHARIA KONE: "I think we are in the process of securing the town, but there are heavy weapons. It's not us firing those, but rather our opponents, the Liberian militia shooting heavy weapons here." The Ivory Coast tipped toward civil war after Gbagbo refused to cede power to Outtara following a November election. The violent power struggle that followed killed thousands and displaced more than a million, and only began to ease with Gbagbo's arrest last month. Simon Hanna, Reuters.

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Tension after Ivory Coast clashes

Wednesday, May 04, 2011 - 01:31