The State Department urged American citizens in the Ivory Coast cities of Abidjan, Bouake and Korhogo to remain close to home, to observe government curfew restrictions and to remain in close communication with the American Embassy.

A travel warning issued for the West African country Tuesday night recommended that Americans take actions "they deem appropriate to ensure their well-being, including consideration of departure from the affected areas when this becomes possible. "

While government forces appear to have reasserted control in the capital, Abidjan, the announcement said the situation in all three cities remains fluid and volatile. Rebels remain in control of Korhogo and parts of Bouake.

A travel advisory issued Monday urged all U.S. citizens not to go to the Ivory Coast.