State Dept. updates Cote d'Ivoire

WASHINGTON -- Security concerns in Cote d'Ivoire spurred the State Dept. to update its existing travel warning for the country, where it previously authorized the departure of non-emergency personnel and certain family members from the U.S. embassy there.

"On Nov. 4, 2004 , government forces launched aerial attacks on cities in northern Cote d'Ivoire controlled by New Forces," a rebel group, according to the travel warning. "The attacks resulted in the deaths of Ivorians and non-Ivorians. The situation remains volatile and there is the risk of conflict throughout the country.

"There have been numerous violent incidents in Abidjan that have been directed against people of non-Ivorian appearance, specific diplomatic missions, and foreign military and international peacekeeping operations," the warning continued. "Anti-foreign attacks have resulted in deaths and serious injuries to persons and property. Individuals have been pulled from vehicles, businesses and schools entered and sometimes destroyed, and families harassed."

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