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Fight over presidency in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (WKOW) --Explosions and gunfire continued near the home of Ivory Coast's incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo today, according to witnesses.

Rebels in Ivory Coast are seeking to remove the incumbent leader who is refusing to leave office despite not having support or official recognition from the international community.

Fighting erupted earlier in the week as rebels loyal to democratically-elected President Alassane Ouattara took the capital city of Abidjan in their attempt to replace the former leader with the elected Ouattara.

Reports from the Red Cross and Roman Catholic charity Caritas have also surfaced claiming that as many as one thousand civilians were slaughtered in a western Ivory Coast town on Tuesday. 

The U.N. mission in Ivory Coast says it currently has no information on the mass killings.

Forces loyal to the entrenched president are calling on others in the military to resist rebel forces loyal to Ouattara. 


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