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EOS Alerts 15-5-2017

Cote d’Ivoire: Heavy Gunfire Continues in Abidjan and Bouake

Six injured and one killed in continued violent clashes in Abidjan and Bouake

Armed clashes have continued in Abidjan and Bouake, after a military operation was launched on 14 May in an attempt to restore order to the cities after mutinous soldiers refused to stand down. Six civilians were reportedly injured and one was killed. In Abidjan, fighting has continued near the Akouedo and Plateua military bases. Gunfire has also been reported in Daloa.

Since January 2017, Cote d’Ivoire has been shaken by three mutinies, with a fourth incident briefly unfolding earlier last week on 8 May in Bouake. A deal was reached in January 2017, under which the government promised to pay around 8500 troops. However, following a meeting in which a delegation representing the soldiers apologised for the mutinies and announced they would no longer seek payment, unrest was triggered again with soldiers taking to the streets in protest.

Those who plan to travel to or within Cote d’lvoire are advised to be aware of unrest and violent clashes amid another mutiny. Gunfire has been reported by several sources at military camps in Abidjan and in Bouake. History has shown that the government will meet the demands of rebels if they protest with violent force. Further protests remain possible across Abidjan and other urban areas in the immediate short-term. Avoid loitering near to military installations, remain vigilant and seek shelter at the first sign of unrest. Be prepared for a rapid deterioration in the security environment. Avoid all demonstrations and rallies.

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