Thursday, 6 January 2011

210 Dead After Election Ivory Coast

At least 210 people were killed in Ivory Coast since the conflict culminated in the presidential election in mid-December, said the UN mission in the west African country hit by the crisis, on Thursday (06/01/2011). 

As many as 31 people have died since the last toll was announced by the UN Mission in Cote d'Ivoire (UNOCI) on 30 December, said a spokesman for human rights mission, Simon Munzu, told reporters, so the number of deaths reached 210. 

That number includes those killed during the crisis between the supporters of President Laurent Gbagbo and the candidate who said the win in the presidential election November 28, Alassane Ouattara, and ethnic riots in the western region of the country. 

Munzu say, 14 people were killed in ethnic clashes western town, Duekoue, since earlier this week. 

He added that the clashes between members of ethnic groups Guere and Malinke in the town about 500 kilometers west of the commercial capital Abidjan after the death of a woman during a robbery. 

Munzu declined to directly link the incident with the presidential election crisis in Abidjan but said, "We feel what happened in Duekoue is a reflection of the tendency toward tension and inter-community violence." 

The number of deaths includes those who have died since troops loyal to Gbagbo supporters shot dead a number of Ouattara who marched on December 16. 

Ouattara remains besieged in his camp headquarters while on a hotel in Abidjan region despite the regional mediation efforts made to end the deadly tensions. 

Several UN human rights expert said last week they were worried about widespread reports of post-election unrest in Ivory Coast would be a crime against humanity. 

The UN says it has prevented a full investigation of alleged crimes, including reports of mass graves.

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