Last updated: 17 march, 2011 - 11:24 GMT

Life in Ivory Coast grows bleaker

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Humanitarian agencies have been taking stock of the toll the political impasse in Ivory Coast is having.

They are warning the population of Ivory Coast are becoming trapped in a growing conflict as the main city Abidjan is increasingly the site of urban warfare between supporters of both presidential claimants.

Armed fighters loyal to Alassane Ouattara clashed with the pro-Gbagbo security forces yesterday in several areas including Yopougon and Attecoube, while foreigners and ethnic groups viewed as pro-Ouattara are repeatedly harassed.

The fighting has already displaced around 400,000 people and led to at least 400 deaths since November's election.

From Abidjan, the BBC's John James reports.

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