UN mission deploys troops to Ivorian church to protect civilians seeking refuge

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire has deployed troops to a key town in the country’s west to protect an estimated 10,000 civilians seeking refuge at a church amid mounting international concern about the humanitarian situation in the West African nation.

Demanding end to violence in Côte d’Ivoire, Security Council imposes targeted sanctions

With the post-electoral deadlock in Côte d’Ivoire now entering its fifth month and the crisis showing no signs of abating, the Security Council today demanded an immediate end to the violence against civilians and decided to impose targeted sanctions against former president Laurent Gbagbo, his wife and three associates.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN condemns firing at helicopter and killing of civilians

The United Nations peacekeeping force in Côte d’Ivoire reported today that one of its helicopters was shot at by forces loyal to the country’s President-elect and denounced the killing of a dozen civilians in the commercial capital, Abidjan, by another armed group.

Fresh clashes break out in key Ivorian town, UN mission reports

Fresh fighting erupted today in a strategic town in western Côte d’Ivoire, the United Nations peacekeeping operation reported, amid mounting international concerns about the humanitarian situation in the West African country.

Up to 1 million people driven from homes by violence in Côte d’Ivoire, UN reports

As many as 1 million people have been driven from their homes in Côte d’Ivoire in the months-long turmoil stemming from the outgoing president’s refusal to leave office, with violence mounting and his loyalists using heavy weapons against civilians, a top United Nations official said today.

Death toll from post-electoral violence in Côte d’Ivoire rising, UN reports

The death toll from the post-electoral violence that has gripped Côte d’Ivoire continues to rise, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the West African nation reported today, while warning that systematic attacks on civilians could constitute crimes against humanity.

UN allocates funds for humanitarian emergency in Cote d’Ivoire

The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) today allocated $10.4 million to seven agencies working in Cote d’Ivoire to help meet the urgent humanitarian needs of people affected by the post-election violence that has displaced hundreds of thousands of people.

Thousands flee Abidjan as violence intensifies in Côte d’Ivoire – UN

Thousands of residents of Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital, Abidjan, have been flocking to bus stations seeking transport out of the city fearing that an all-out war is in the offing after an escalation of violence, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

Security Council voices outrage at deadly shelling of Ivorian market

The Security Council has expressed its indignation at the deadly shelling of a market in Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital and warned that it will punish anyone who obstructs the resolution of the country’s prolonged post-election crisis.

UN warns deadly shelling of Ivorian market may be crime against humanity

United Nations officials today intensified their condemnation of an attack yesterday by forces allied to Côte d’Ivoire’s defeated president on a market that killed 25 to 30 people and wounded dozens more, with the Organization’s human rights office warning that it could be a crime against humanity.