- CNTV English - CCTV News

UN worried about Cote d'Ivoire's security situation

03-04-2011 16:54 BJT

ABIDJAN, March 4 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Operation in Cote d'Ivoire (ONUCI) declared on Thursday that it was "very worried" about the West African country's security situation.

This expression of fear over the security situation came after a week of clashes in which 50 people were killed, bringing the toll to 365 since the outbreak of violence in mid-December.

"In just one week, 50 people have lost their lives and thus brought the number of those who have been killed since mid- December 2010 to 365," said ONUCI's deputy director for the division of human rights affairs, Guillaume Ngefa.

In the past week, confrontations between security forces loyal to the country's incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo and the ex- rebel New Forces (FN), which supports his rival Alassane Ouattara, were witnessed in the economic capital Abidjan, the major city Yamoussoukro and in some areas in the west of the country.

In Abidjan's Abobo district alone, Ngefa said, fighting between the two groups has left 26 people dead, hundreds of civilians injured and more than 200,000 people displaced.

In the same district On Thursday, a women march organized by Ouattara's supporters was violently repressed by forces loyal to Gbagbo. ONUCI said seven of the protesting women were killed.

Ngefa said ONUCI was not only worried over the armed confrontations, but concerned about the "humanitarian difficulties for the entire families who have been locked up in public places and churches without water and electricity supply."

ONUCI is seeking to open a "humanitarian corridor," so as to access those who need its support and remove dead bodies for burial to avoid outbreaks of disease in Abobo, according to the official.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program