Several still trapped in Ivory Coast

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13 Norwegians remain in the Ivory Coast as the conflict there intensifies, with Norwegian foreign ministry officials working to bring them home.

All 13 are currently in different places within the country’s largest city, Abidjan, awaiting transport out of the conflict-ridden area. Norwegian authorities have been in contact with their French counterparts in order to find help in securing their safe return, although the foreign ministry would not confirm if they had asked for assistance from French armed forces. Five of the 13 are believed to be linked to the Norwegian embassy operations in the former Ivorian capital.

“The situation in Abidjan is very tense and demanding, but all 13 have food, water and medicine,” the communications chief at the Norwegian foreign ministry, Kjetil Elsebutangen, told news agency NTB. “We will not speculate on the time that they will be safe. We are working with this all the time and hope for a solution as soon possible.”

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