14,000 flee Ivory coast strife

December 26, 2010 05:23

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — The UN's refugee agency said Saturday that at least 14,000 Ivorians have fled the chaos of their homeland, trekking for days to reach safety in Liberia.

Diplomatic pressure and sanctions have left Laurent Gbagbo increasingly isolated though he has been able to maintain his rule nearly a month after the disputed vote because of the loyalty of security forces and the military.Even that, though, may disappear if he runs out of money to pay them.

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