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Foreigners Flee Ivory Coast as Violence Lingers

The exodus from Ivory Coast continued Friday, prompted by reports of widespread looting and several rapes, according to a spokesman for the French military, Col. Henri Aussavy. About 900 foreigners fled Friday on three evacuation flights, and a thousand more waited to leave at a French Army base, Colonel Aussavy said.While Westerners crowded the airport, relative quiet returned to the capital, Abidjan, as Ivoirian soldiers fanned out in the city, which had been beset by mob violence, much of it aimed at French citizens. The show of force by Ivoirian troops was intended to reassert control, said Lt. Col. Jules Yao Yao, a spokesman for the Ivoirian Army.Full Story

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