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  7/28/2011, Tammuz 26, 5771

Amnesty Urges Action on Ivory Coast Refugees


Amnesty International urged the new government in the Ivory Coast to clamp down on soldiers who were intimidating residents who had been loyal to former President Laurent Gbagbo. Over half a million Ivory Coast residents who had fled because of violence between supporters of Gbagbo and new President Alassane Ouattara are afraid to return to their homes, the organization said.

At least 150,000 people from Ivory Coast have taken refuge in neighboring Liberia, officials said. Over 3,000 people were killed in the violence between the rival presidents, mostly during April and May.