ABIDJAN - Forces backing Ivory Coast
presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara began a fresh assault to
remove Laurent Gbagbo from his last stronghold in Abidjan on
As the conflict escalated, France ordered more troops into
the West African country to protect civilians.
A convoy of several dozen vehicles containing heavily armed
pro-Ouattara troops and outfitted with mounted machine guns
entered Ivory Coast's main city at midday, the first elements of
a large force that had massed on the northern outskirts for what
they called a "final assault", according to a Reuters
Heavy machine gun fire and a few explosions could be heard
minutes after they entered the city limits.