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UN Says Hundreds Of Thousands Flee Ivory Coast Fighting

Embattled Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo (file photo)
The United Nations says that more than 200,000 people have fled a suburb in Ivory Coast's largest city, Abdijan, amid days of heavy street fighting that has left dozens dead.

Days of intense clashes have taken place in the Abobo suburb between police loyal to sitting president Laurent Gbagbo and rebel soldiers allied with his opponent, Alassane Ouattara.

Local UN human rights representative Guillaume Ngefa said that at least 26 people have been killed in Abobo in the last 24 hours alone.

Gbagbo, the sitting president, has refused to cede power three months after the UN said Ouattara won the election.

compiled from agency reports