03 Mar '11, 1am

US warns against Ivory Coast travel

US warns against Ivory Coast travel

WASHINGTON: The United States on Wednesday urged its citizens against travelling to Ivory Coast, amid rising violence in the African nation over a political stalemate. "In addition to the unstable political situation following the contested November 28, 2010 presidential elections, a rapidly declining economy and a banking crisis may result in a scarcity of fuel, food and other vital commodities," the State Department said in a travel warning. "We urge US citizens living in Cote d'Ivoire to consider their own personal security and contingency plans, including temporary departure from Cote d'Ivoire." It recommended US citizens to "avoid travel to Cote d'Ivoire until further notice." The US embassy in Abidjan ordered the departure of all its non-emergency staff on December 20 and remains in evacuation status. Growing clashes between forces loyal to strongman Laurent Gbagbo a...

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