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Fire burns at the Abidjan naval base controlled by forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo in Abidjan on April 10, 2011. French and UN troops stepped up attacks on Gbagbo positions this weekend. (AFP/Getty Images)

UN, French Troops Attack Ivory Coast Leader

Apr 11, 2011

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Korva Coleman

Intrasigent Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo is under attack again. This time UN and French troops are besieging his home in Abidjan. The New York Times reports half of Gbagbo's home has collapsed. Over the weekend, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon says Gbagbo supporters attacked UN peacekeepers and civilians with heavy weapons.

Ban says Gbagbo tricked UN peacekeepers last week, claiming he wanted to talk about a ceasefire when he really used the lull in fighting to regroup his troops and spread out his heavy weapons. Gbagbo loyalists then tried to bomb UN headquarters in Abidjan, the home of the French ambassador and the local headquarters of his rival, internationally acknowledged president Alassane Ouattara.

But today's action could stall his advance. The Guardian reports French forces are attacking certain targets in Gbagbo's neighborhood. French military spokesman Maj. Frederick Daguillon says "It will continue until he steps down or at least until he is pushed back into his residence. If he wants to stay there like a prisoner then he can." Gbagbo won't ever again have the option of a ceasefire.

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