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UN says Abidjian attack may be crimes against humanity

by Staff Writers
Geneva (AFP) March 18, 2011
Missile attacks by forces loyal to Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo that killed up to 30 civilians in an Abidjan suburb could be crimes against humanity, a spokesman for the UN rights chief said Friday.

"We condemn the rocket attacks on civilian areas," said Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

"It's quite difficult to avoid the conclusion it is a crime... possibly a crime against humanity," he added.

Pro-Gbagbo forces on Thursday launched a missile attack on a market in the stronghold of Ivory Coast's internationally recognised leader Alassane Ouattara.

The event was one of the bloodiest since a disputed presidential election in November plunged the world's top cocoa producer into crisis.

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