Abidjan fighting escalates
The fighting inside Abidjan has reached a new level of ferocity. Sustained, heavy gunfire has been heard over night in the city centre around the television station and the residence of Laurent Gbagbo, the man refusing to surrender Ivory Coast's presidency.
A spokesman for Alassane Ouattara's government claimed the residence had been overrun. It is not clear what has happened to Mr Gbagbo himself.
The United Nations, which has a mandate to protect civilians, said its helicopters attacked Gbagbo loyalists defences around the residence and other military sites. French forces were also involved.
The battle for Abidjan is entering its sixth day with millions of civilians still trapped by the fighting. The general leading the assault has insisted the city will fall today.