Foreigners advised to leave Ivory Coast as tensions grow
Foreign governments were last night advising their citizens to leave the Ivory Coast immediately amid mounting tensions in the West African nation following a disputed presidential election.
The escalation of the travel advice warning followed an attack on a United Nations base by six masked gunmen as Laurent Gbagbo continued to defy international calls for him to accept defeat in the poll.
The United Nations said yesterday it has received hundreds of reports of people being abducted from their homes at night by armed assailants in military uniform and that there is growing evidence of "massive violations of human rights".
Navi Pillay, the top UN human rights official, said yesterday that more than 50 people have been killed over the past three days in Ivory Coast; previous estimates were that up to 30 had died in the violence.
International pressure is mounting for Laurent Gbagbo to concede defeat to opposition leader Alassane Ouattara, whose victory has been recognised by the United Nations, the United States, former coloniser France and the African Union.
The EU was giving Gbagbo until yesterday to concede defeat or face sanctions. The UN Security Council is also expected to meet today to discuss the Ivorian crisis.