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At least 210 killed in Cote d'Ivoire crisis: UN

by Byo24
06 Jan 2011 at 18:40hrs | Views

The UN mission in the restive Cote d'Ivoire said on Thursday that at least 210 people had been killed in the country since mid-December last year, according to media.

The mission's human rights spokesman Simon Munzu told media that at least 31 people have died since the toll given by the United Nations Mission in Ivory Coast (UNOCI) was last updated at the end of last year.

Media quoted Munzu as saying that the toll includes those killed during the crisis and ethnic unrest in the west of the country.

The spokesman said 14 had been killed in ethnic clashes in the western town of Duekoue since the start of the week.

After the run-off held on Nov. 28, Alassane Ouattara was declared winner by the electoral commission while the Constitutional Council, which has the final say on the results, said the incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo won the vote. Gbagbo did not heed the international request and stayed on power,leading to a political standoff and the West African country was put at the real risk of a civil war.

Cote d'Ivoire was divided after the country's 2002-2003 civil war.

Source - Byo24/Xinhua