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US says it may evacuate Ivory Coast embassy

US says it may evacuate Ivory Coast embassy

A State Department spokesman says the United States has begun planning for the possible evacuation of its embassy in Ivory Coast amid concerns that postelection violence could escalate into full-blown conflict.
Spokesman Mark Toner said Wednesday that a small team of Pentagon officials had arrived in Abidjan to look at "contingencies," including evacuating embassy personnel, and to assess the damage caused by an errant rocket-propelled grenade that hit the outer wall of the compound last week.
Mark Toner said the military team arrived on Tuesday. He repeated U.S. calls for President Laurent Gbagbo to step down and said he should control his supporters.
Gbagbo has refused to accept the results of the Nov. 28 election that tallies show he lost to opposition leader Alassane Ouattara.