French seize Ivory Coast main airport as fighting rages
The French army took over Ivory Coast's main airport Sunday as the battle for Abidjan raged into a fourth day and rival leaders blamed each other for chilling massacres in the west.
The French Licorne (Unicorn) force took control of the airport in the main city Abidjan and Paris reinforced its troops in the city with 300 men as more than 1,500 foreigners sought refuge at a French military camp amid violence and looting in the city.
Fierce fighting has been raging in Abidjan and other parts of the west African country between forces backing internationally recognised president Alassane Ouattara and incumbent strongman Laurent Gbagbo, who refused to step down after disputed November elections.
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