Thursday, March 31, 2011

Breaking news from Cote d'Ivoire

From the BBC:

Forces loyal to the UN-backed president of Ivory Coat, Alassane Ouattara, are pressing on the main city of Abidjan from several directions.

Their offensive threatens to make a battleground of the city, the last stronghold of presidential rival Laurent Gbagbo.

From Al Jazeera:

Cote d'Ivoire's Alassane Ouattara said forces under his command were "at the gates" of the country's main city Abidjan and called on the remaining loyalists of his rival Laurent Gbagbo to switch sides to prevent further suffering.

Heavy gunfire was heard throughout Abidjan on Thursday as pro-Ouattara forces advanced towards the city. It was not clear whether the troops had already entered Abidjan.
Guillaume Soro, the head of Ouattara's parallel government, told Reuters news agency that Gbagbo has just 2 to 3 hours left in power.

"Two or three hours and I think it will be finished … the game is over for Gbagbo. It is finished," Soro said in Yamoussoukro, the country's official capital which fell to pro-Ouattara forces on Wednesday.

I'll keep you posted. Prayers continue.

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