Ouattara forces ready to take Abidjan
The appointed prime minister of Ivory Coast's president-elect Alassane Ouattara has said they are ready for an offensive on Abidjan, Press TV reported.
"The strategy was to surround the city of Abidjan, which we have succeeded in doing. We have sent soldiers to the center of town to harass (Laurent) Gbagbo's troops, militia and mercenaries," AFP quoted Guillaume Soro as saying on Sunday.
Soro said their previous attacks have created panic among Gbagbo forces and because of the available information about the number of tanks on the ground, they could carry out a rapid offensive.
Ivorian people should now trust the Republican Forces, troops loyal to Ouattara, Soro said.
Meanwhile, French military forces have taken control of the airport in Abidjan which is the biggest, the most populated and the economic hub of the country.
Ivorian state TV has accused French troops of preparing genocide like the one in Rwanda in 1994, which left an estimated 800,000 people dead in the space of 100 days.
The country plunged into political crisis after the disputed presidential election in November 2010 when both Gbagbo and Ouattara claimed victory in the vote. The UN and the African Union, however, recognized Ouattara as the president but Gbagbo has refused to step down.
Tensions escalated after both Ouattara and Gbagbo appointed their separated cabinets, increasing fears the country could face with another civil war.
The International Committee of the Red Cross says that at least 800 people were killed in Ivory Coast on Saturday alone.