[Ivan Makabe, Ivory Coast Contributor]
Reports from the town of Duekoue say that hundreds of dead bodies have been found by UN workers who are complaining that they are down to the president and his supporters. In the meantime, in Abidjan, fighting is continuing between the sides loyal to the incoming and outgoing presidents with Mr. Ouattrara’s forces reported to be in the ascendency. French forces have seized the country’s main airport.
Andrew Harding of BBC News reports on the massacre in Duekoue:-
The fighting in Duekoue took place over the past few days between supporters of the vying presidents. According the UN’s report on Saturday, more than 330 people had perished under the hands of Mr Ouattara’s forces when they took Duekoue and around 100 by Mr. Gbagbo‘s (ex-president) fighters.
The UN secretary general has said that: “The secretary general said those responsible should be held accountable”. UN officials investigating the killings say that probably more than 1000 were killed.
France‘s military force in Ivory Coast has been upped with 1,400 of its military personnel assigned to the country.
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