Γαλικη επέμβαση στον εμφύλιο της Ακτής του Ελεφαντοστούν.

French helicopters have fired rockets on the residence of Laurent Gbagbo, Για άλλη μια φορά ο ΟΗΕ και οι Γάλοι πέρνουν μέρος σε έναν εμφύλιο προκειμένου να εξασφαλίσουν τα συμφέροντα τους

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Haru Mutasa, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Abidjan, confirmed that five helicopters were used in the attack, and that they flew from a French airbase. After flying to the Cocody area, where the presidential palace is located, they fired their rockets and then returned to the airbase to reload. The process was then repeated.Two residents from nearby neighborhoods reported seeing two UN Mi-24 attack helicopters and a French helicopter open fire on the residence on Sunday, the Associated Press news agency reported.One resident reported seeing smoke rise from the compound. An AP reporter saw the same three helicopters take off from the French military base minutes before the reporter heard explosions coming from the direction of the residence.A UN spokesman told the Reuters news agency that the helicopters were attempting to "neutralise Gbagbo heavy weapons". "We are pursuing our operation to neutralise Gbagbo heavy weapons. We had to stop the operation for a couple of days to evaluate and have realised that there are still some heavy weapons that they had used against civilians and the UN," Hamadoun Toure, the spokesman, said. Speaking to Al Jazeera, Toure said that the UN was acting within the mandate of UN Resolution 1975, which allows the UN to take action if there was an "imminent threat" to civilians. He said that UN helicopters were only targetting heavy weapons sites, and were not looking to target Gbagbo himself. "We are not trying to take control of his residence ... Our objective is not to capture anybody," Toure said. Toure said that with the "use of heavy arms against the civilian population and peacekeepers" continuing, "there was a need to react to protect the civilian population in conformity with our mandate". Al Jazeera's Mutasa said that heavy shelling and gunfire rang out through the evening on Sunday, with plumes of smoke visible from the direction of Gbagbo's residence. Toussaint Alain, a Gbagbo adviser who resides in France, confirmed the attack, while Ahoua Don Mello, a Gbagbo spokesman, said that the residence had been "partially destroyed". Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, meanwhile, has ordered UN peacekeepers in Cote d'Ivoire to use "all necessary means" to stop Gbagbo's heavy weapons. "The continued use of heavy weapons against the civilian population and our peacekeepers, as well as the attack against the Headquarters of the legitimate Government, have compelled me, once again, to instruct UNOCI to use all necessary means to prevent the use of these weapons, pursuant to Security Council resolutions 1975 (2011) and 1962 (2010)," Ban said in a statement. Fighting near military base Mutasa also reported that fighting was under way near the Agban military base on Sunday. "We're hearing from people who live there that the fighting is ongoing, it's been on and off for the past few hours," she reported. "The residents who are closest to that base say some of them have fled and they are hiding in a nearby market until the fighting has died down. People seem very, very afraid." Sunday's violence comes after forces loyal to Gbagbo fired on Alassane Outtara, the president-elect's hotel headquarters, located elsewhere in the city on Saturday.(Al jazeera)


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