- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
There has been significant improvement in the security situation in most parts of Côte d’Ivoire following the arrest of former President Laurent Gbagbo on 11 April and the swearing-in of President Alassane Ouattara. However, despite relative tranquillity, reports of violent attacks on civilians by militia remnants and inter-ethnic confrontations continue to be registered in the south-west along the border with Liberia. Aggression against the civilian population has also been witnessed in some neighbourhoods of Abidjan such as Yopougon and Abobo, leading to an increase of internal displacement and refugee flows into the neighbouring countries during April and May. According to UNHCR reports, the number of asylum seekers in Ghana increased almost five-fold from 3,240 people at the end of March to 16,720 people as of 15 June. A similar trend was witnessed in Togo with an increase from 891 to 5,890 refugees. Meanwhile, and despite security concerns along the Liberia border, at least 224 Ivorian refugees were reported to have returned to Prollo village, 30 km west of Tabou, at the beginning of May.
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