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Nearly One Million Ivorians Uprooted by Conflict: UNHCR

“By Stephany Nebehay – GENEVA (Reuters) – Up to one million Ivorians have now fled fighting in the main city Abidjan alone, with others uprooted across the country, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Friday as violence escalated in a 4-month power struggle.

Hours ahead of a U.N. Security Council debate, France announced it had submitted a draft U.N. resolution banning the use of heavy weapons in Abidjan. The United Nations has accused forces loyal to incumbent Laurent Gbagbo of such attacks, which his camp strenuously denies.

‘The massive displacement in Abidjan and elsewhere is being fuelled by fears of all-out war,’ UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming told a news briefing in Geneva.

‘Available estimates are that between 700,000 and one million could now be displaced,’ Fleming told reporters.”  Read more.

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