U.N. evacuates staff after attacks in Ivory Coast

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 03, 2011 1:49 PM
U.N. evacuates staff after attacks in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - The United Nations mission in Ivory Coast (UNOCI) said Sunday that it had relocated some of its non-essential staff to the northern city of Bouake after a number of them came under attack.

"We have made a temporary relocation of some of our staff to Bouake. It is a small part of the staff, mostly non-essential personnel," Hamadoun Toure, UNOCI spokesman told Reuters.

"Our patrols and headquarters were targeted by attacks, but we continue to work," he said.

Toure declined to give number of those evacuated.

Soldiers loyal to incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo battled advancing troops backing rival Alassane Ouattara in Abidjan on Sunday in a conflict that has killed hundreds and brought the country to the brink of civil war.

U.N.-certified results of a November 28 election showed Ouattara won but Gbagbo has refused to hand over power.

(Reporting by Loucoumane Coulibaly, Writing by Bate Felix)