Jan. 9, 2011: Against a backdrop of Abidjan's central Plateau district, a soldier provides security at a rally in support of incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo, at the Palace of Culture in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo was shuttling between meetings Sunday with the country's defiant president who refuses to cede power and the internationally recognized winner in the latest effort to resolve the post-election crisis. (AP)
Ethnic battles in the Ivory Coast town of Deukoue last week killed 33 people and wounded 75, the chief of its main hospital told Reuters Monday.
The United Nations has said that more than 200 were killed in the violence following the disputed Nov. 28 election between incumbent Laurent Gbagbo and rival Alessane Ouattara.
Fights broke out in west Ivory Coast last week between tribes seen as being supporters of both politicians, although election officials now say tempers have calmed and the violence may not be related to the election.
"The final death toll from these battles is pretty heavy: three deaths in hospital and about 30 outside it," said Dr. Teki Moise, who leads the Duekoue hospital. "We also have 75 wounded, many of them still in hospital in serious condition.”
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