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Côte d’Ivoire: violence in the west of the country

06-06-2005 News Release 05/43

Following the very serious acts of violence that took place in the night of 31 May to 1 June in villages near Duékoué, the ICRC is most concerned about a spiral of insecurity that is having an increasing impact on people in the western part of Côte d’Ivoire.

Starting at 4 a.m. on 1 June, first-aid workers from the Red Cross Society of Côte d’Ivoire began evacuating the wounded to Duékoué hospital. The most serious cases were taken to Daloa regional hospital.

The ICRC has provided Duékoué’s hospital and dispensaries with medical supplies to help them deal with the crisis, while the Red Cross Society of Côte d’Ivoire is putting up temporary shelters for the thousands of displaced persons who have not been able to take refuge on the premises of the Catholic mission. Chlorine has also been supplied, to help people maintain basic standards of hygiene.

The situation could worsen suddenly, and the ICRC calls on all parties involved to protect the civilian population.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Kim Gordon-Bates, ICRC Abidjan, tel.: +225 22 40 00 70 / 05 39 16 02  

 Marco Jiménez Rodríguez, ICRC Geneva, tel.: +41 22 730 22 71