Ivory Coast: November 29, 2003


About 200 hard-line supporters of the president, reportedly accompanied by soldiers, were dispersed by French peacekeepers' teargas as they tried to reach the rebel stronghold of Bouake. 

In one of the Ivory Coast's a major cocoa-growing areas (about 220 kilometers northwest of Abidjan), three more tribesmen were killed in clashes (bringing the death toll in three days of violence to at least nine). Tribesman armed with machetes and rifles had been clashing with foreign farm workers and immigrants around cocoa plantations in the Gagnoa area since the 27th. The army sent pickup truck-mounted troops backed by helicopter gunships to secure the area. - Adam Geibel


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