Foreigners flee to French Ivory Coast camp: military

1st April 2011, Comments 0 comments

Some 500 foreigners sought refuge in a French military camp in Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan amid fighting between incumbent Laurent Gbagbo and his rival for the presidency, the French military said on Friday.

On Thursday evening "some 150 French nationals and 350 other (non-Ivorian) foreigners were admitted to the camp in Port-Bouet" in the south of Abidjan, French military spokesman Thierry Burkhard told AFP in Paris.

"Some of them arrived by their own means and others were accompanied" by French forces who have been patrolling parts of the capital to protect French citizens since the forces of internationally recognised president Alassane Ouattara advanced on Gbagbo's stronghold on Thursday.

A French diplomatic source in Paris told AFP separately that many of those who flocked to the camp were Lebanese nationals.

© 2011 AFP

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