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Fighting in Ivory Coast Clouds Deal on Government

Swarms of rebels attacked French troops and villages near a key river crossing in western Ivory Coast on Saturday, causing hundreds of terrified residents to flee. Automatic gunfire could be heard coming from the west of Guessabo early on Saturday morning after the French army said the rebels tried to punch through onto the main highway between Duekoue and the cocoa center of Daloa. The latest clashes erupted the same day Ivorian rebels and politicians agreed in Ghana to set up a joint security council and form a new government by March 14, the latest attempt to end more than five months of civil war. “Since dawn, there have been numerous clashes with armed elements trying to break through between Duekoue and Dibobly, which is by the Sassandra river,” said French army spokesman Philippe Perret. Two French soldiers received light injuries, he said. Full Story

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