April 3, 2011
Peacekeepers have taken control of the airport in Abidjan as forces loyal to the country’s rival presidents struggle for control of Ivory Coast’s main city, the French military said Sunday.
France has also boosted its Licorne (Unicorn) peacekeeping mission in the cocoa-rich nation by 300 to around 1,400 troops, where part of their mission is to protect foreigners from attacks and looting amid rising insecurity.
“Licorne, in coordination with UNOCI (United Nations Operation in Cote d’Ivoire), has taken control of Felix Houphouet-Boigny airport,” chief of staff spokesman Colonel Thierry Burkhard told AFP.
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