Last updated: 3 march, 2011 - 15:16 GMT

Gbagbo forces open fire on women's demonstration

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In Ivory Coast at least six women have been killed when security forces loyal to the incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo opened fire on a march in the north of the main city Abidjan.

Eyewitnesses report several more wounded when vehicles opened fire on the march organised by women of the opposition party alliance, who are calling for Mr Gbagbo to step aside.

The United Nations said this morning that around 200,000 have fled the Abobo district in Abidjan where the shootings happened because of the violence over the past few weeks.

From Abidjan, our correspondent John James sent this report.

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