Sixty-six Indians pulled out of civil war-torn Ivory Coast



New Delhi: Sixty six Indian nationals, including 11 women and 12 children, were on Tuesday safely evacuated from Abidjan, the capital of civil war-torn Ivory Coast and taken to neighbouring country Ghana.

The Indians were flown to Ghanian capital Accra on a Boeing 737 aircraft chartered by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and were given necessary consular and other assistance by Indian High Commission officials there, an MEA statement here late in the night said.

"Our Missions in Abidjan and Accra arranged the evacuation in close coordination with members of the Indian community in Abidjan and other concerned authorities", it said.

Today's pull-out came four days after the Indian Ambassador to Ivory Coast Shamma Jain was evacuated from her residence by UN and French forces in Abidjan in the wake of heavy fighting there between fighters loyal to Alassane Ouattara, the country's democratically elected President, and Laurent Gbagbo who has refused to quit the post even after losing the November 2010 elections.

India had on March 31 supported the UN Security Council sanctions, including a travel ban and asset freeze on Gbagbo, his wife and close aides.

PTI