Ivory Coast: May 8, 2003


Armed men opened fire on a French military patrol near the western Ivory Coast town of Guiglo and two attackers were killed in the subsequent exchange of fire. There were claims that the gunmen were Liberians fighting for the Ivorian government, while the French described them as "plunderers".

The day before, French peacekeepers near Guiglo intercepted and disarmed about 110 Liberians fighting alongside Ivorian government forces. They had been trying to cross a ceasefire line. 

Meanwhile, at least 140 Liberians are in MPJ custody in the western town of Man, allegedly  "for their own protection". Some of the Liberians had fought alongside the Ivorian rebels, while others were civilians (even women and children) arrested simply because of their nationality. This is part of the rebels plan to clear the area of Liberians, once and for all. - Adam Geibel 


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