Pro-Gbagbo forces shell French ambassador's residence

8th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

Forces loyal to Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo shelled the French ambassador's residence in Abidjan Friday, the embassy said in a statement.

The ambassador's house, near Gbagbo's residence in the district of Cocody, was targeted at 4:00 pm (1600 GMT) by two mortars and a rocket from positions held by Gbagbo's forces, said the statement.

It is the second time in less than 48 hours that the building had been deliberately targetted, it added.

The ambassador's residence came under fire from pro-Gbagbo forces late Wednesday as soldiers from France's Licorne force rescued Japan's Ivory Coast envoy from his residence nearby.

The French embassy statement repeated that the United Nations Security Council authorised both UN and French forces to act against any use of heavy weapons in the city.

Both French and UN forces have already attacked heavy weapons held by Gbagbo's forces.

Ivory Coast's internationally recognised president Alassane Ouattara has enforced a blockade around Gbagbo's Abidjan residence Thursday, where he is holed up protected by an estimated 200 soldiers.

Gbagbo has refused to surrender or to concede the victory in November's presidential election to Ouattara.

© 2011 AFP

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