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Côte d’Ivoire: Ban instructs UN troops to take all necessary steps to protect civilians

United Nations peacekeepers in Côte d’Ivoire, supported by French forces, carried out a military operation today to prevent the use of heavy weapons against civilians in Abidjan after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon instructed them to take “all necessary measures” to defend themselves and protect innocent lives amid the worsening crisis in the West African nation.

Côte d'Ivoire: Ban calls for civilian protection in phone conversation with Ouattara

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has telephoned Alassane Ouattara, the President of Cote d'Ivoire, to discuss the rapidly developing situation there, and to reaffirm the importance of the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping force in the country to protect civilians.

Côte d'Ivoire: Four UN soldiers wounded in another assault by Gbagbo's forces

Four soldiers serving with the United Nations peacekeeping force in Côte d'Ivoire were seriously wounded today when they came under attack by forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo, a day after the UN troops repulsed another assault by the same armed group.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN urges restraint amid reports of abuses by pro-Ouattara forces

The United Nations human rights office today urged forces loyal to Alassane Ouattara, the internationally-recognized president of Côte d’Ivoire, to show restraint after reports suggested they have been committing serious rights violations during their advance towards the country’s commercial capital of Abidjan.

UN staff member killed by stray bullet in strife-torn Côte d’Ivoire

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire has lost a civilian staff member who died yesterday after being hit by a stray bullet.

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.