Ivory Coast: January 31, 2003

Archives

Violent clashes broke out on the morning of the 30th at the Ivory Coast's international airport between French troops and hundreds of supporters of the Ivorian President. About 5,000 protesters massed at the airport by midmorning, and numbers of them held the tarmac for about 45 minutes. The crowd had stormed the tarmac and taunting French passengers trying to escape, injuring at least two French soldiers with rocks. When Ivorian troops could not control the situation, heavily armed French forces in armored vehicles and helicopters then took the airport. 

While France is ready to evacuate all of its nationals, the role of French peacekeeping troops might expand. President Charles Taylor returned from the Paris peace talks to disclose that peacekeeping troops would also be deployed on the Liberian side of the border. ECOWAS and United Nations troops would also be accepted. - Adam Geibel


 

Article Archive

Ivory Coast: Current 2012 2011 2010 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 


X

ad
0
20

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close