UN Fires on Gbagbo Military Camp (Al Jazeera)

United Nations-commanded helicopters have fired missiles at military positions of Cote d’Ivoire’s incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo in the country’s main city, Abidjan. The targets included the Akouedo military camp, where a helicopter fired on Gbagbo’s troops at about 5pm local time (17:00 GMT) to prevent them from using heavy weapons, Nick Birnback, the spokesman for the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, said. The spokesperson for the UN peacekeeping force, Hamadoun Touré, specified that the attack was not against rebels but against “weapons used by Gbagbo against civilians and against UNOCI”. Meanwhile, there were reports that forces loyal the internationally recognised president Alassane Ouattara had seized Gbagbo’s official residence in Abidjan. Patrick Achi, the spokesman for Ouattara’s government, told Reuters news agencythat he did not know if Gbagbo was in the residence at the time it was seized. Earlier on Monday, a leading ally of Ouattara called for a “rapid offensive” in Abidjan, where pro-Ouattara fighters are battling Gbagbo’s forces.



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