Witnesses said security forces in Ivory Coast used tear gas to disperse hundreds of students demonstrating against poor conditions at the country's largest university on Monday.

At least two students were hauled away in ambulances after police lobbed more than six rounds of tear gas to disperse the crowd, although the nature of their injuries was unclear.

Josue Kwame, a literature student and one of the demonstrators, said the students had gathered for an appearance of Higher Education Minister Brahima Cisse Bacongo hoping to bring their complaints — including overcrowded courses and libraries devoid of books — to him directly.

The university, which serves 60,000 students, opened amid much fanfare last September after being closed for 18 months following Ivory Coast's near civil war following the troubled 2010 presidential election.