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Tensions continue to mount in Ivory Coast

Supporters of Laurent Gbagbo have vowed to fight to the death to keep him as president

Tensions continue to mount in Ivory Coast
UN peacekeepers in Ivory Coast man their position near a line of barbed wires at the entrance of the UNOCI headquarter in Abidjan on December 20, 2010 (Getty Images)
Tensions continue to mount in Ivory Coast
A supporter of would-be president Alassane Ouattara holds a placard bearing the inscription 'It is France's duty to impose the respect of the ballots : His Excellency Alassane Ouattara' during a demonstration outside the Ivory Coast embassy in Paris on December 18, 2010 (Getty Images)
Tensions continue to mount in Ivory Coast
A supporter of would-be president Alassane Ouattara holds a placard bearing the inscription 'Gbagbo murderer!! The ICC (International Criminal Court) awaits you' during a demonstration outside the Ivory Coast embassy in Paris on December 18, 2010 (Getty Images)
Tensions continue to mount in Ivory Coast
A supporter of would-be president Alassane Ouattara holds a placard bearing the inscription 'Hush, silence, Gbagbo kills' during a demonstration outside the Ivory Coast embassy in Paris on December 18, 2010 (Getty Images)
Tensions continue to mount in Ivory Coast
A supporter of Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, wearing a hat bearing a portrait of the leader of the Ivorian Popular Front, gathers to show her support in central London before handing in a letter to the British Prime Minister David Cameron on December 18, 2010 (Getty Images)
Tensions continue to mount in Ivory Coast
Supporters of would-be president Alassane Ouattara demonstrate outside the Ivory Coast embassy in Paris on December 18, 2010 (Getty Images)
Tensions continue to mount in Ivory Coast
A supporter of Ivorian President Gbagbo holds a cardboard during a demonstration in central London before handing in a letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron on December 18, 2010 (Getty Images)
Tensions continue to mount in Ivory Coast
Le Patriote was part of seven Ivorian dailies that had been suspended on December 17 by troops loyal to incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo (Getty Images)
Tensions continue to mount in Ivory Coast
Tension mounted between Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo and the international community on December 20 as the United Nations complained of rights abuses and the European Union slapped sanctions on him (Getty Images)
Tensions continue to mount in Ivory Coast
UN peacekeepers patrol near the ONUCI heardquarters in Abidjan on December 20, 2010 (Getty Images)
Tensions continue to mount in Ivory Coast
UN peacekeepers patrol near ONUCI heardquarters in Abidjan on December 20, 2010. Tension mounted between Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo and the international community on December 20 as the United Nations complained of rights abuses and the European Union slapped sanctions on him (Getty Images)
Tensions continue to mount in Ivory Coast
An injured man lies on the ground as he waits for treatment at the entrance to the UNOCI headquarters in Abidjan on December 20, 2010 (Getty Images)
Tensions continue to mount in Ivory Coast
UN peacekeepers patrol near the UNOCI headquarters in Abidjan on December 20, 2010 (Getty Images)
Tensions continue to mount in Ivory Coast
UN peacekeepers patrol near the UNOCI headquarters in Abidjan on December 20, 2010 (Getty Images)
Tensions continue to mount in Ivory Coast
UN peacekeepers in Ivory Coast take position near a line of barbed wires at the entrance of the UNOCI headquarter in Abidjan on December 20, 2010 (Getty Images)
Tensions continue to mount in Ivory Coast
UN peacekeepers patrol near the UNOCI headquarters in Abidjan on December 20, 2010. Tension mounted between Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo and the international community on December 20 as the United Nations complained of rights abuses and the European Union slapped sanctions on him (Getty Images)
Tensions continue to mount in Ivory Coast
UN peacekeepers in Ivory Coast take position near a line of barbed wires at the entrance of the UNOCI headquarter in Abidjan on December 20, 2010 (Getty Images)
Tensions continue to mount in Ivory Coast
UN peacekeepers patrol near the UNOCI headquarters in Abidjan on December 20, 2010 (Getty Images)
Tensions continue to mount in Ivory Coast
A woman wounded by gun fire waits for treatement at the entrance of the UNOCI headquarters in Abidjan on December 20, 2010 (Getty Images)
Tensions continue to mount in Ivory Coast
Tension mounted between Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo and the international community on December 20 as the United Nations complained of rights abuses and the European Union slapped sanctions on him (Getty Images)
Tensions continue to mount in Ivory Coast
Two French gendarmes, members of the UN peacekeepers in Ivory Coast, talk next to entrance of the UNOCI (United Nations Operation in Cote d'Ivoire) headquarter in Abidjan on December 20, 2010 (Getty Images)
Tensions continue to mount in Ivory Coast
Supporters of would-be president Alassane Ouattara demonstrate outside the Ivory Coast embassy in Paris on December 18, 2010 (Getty Images)