December 16, 2010 / 3:35 PM / 10 years ago

Rebels, Gbagbo forces clash on Ivorian front line

TIEBISSOU, Ivory Coast, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Rebels controlling the north of Ivory Coast clashed on Thursday with soldiers loyal to incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo near a central town that marks the division of the country.

A Reuters witness said the two sides exchanged fire just north of Tiebissou, which sits on the line between the Gbagbo-controlled south and the north, run by rebels who are backing Alassane Ouattara in a post-election power struggle.

Heavy weapons were heard during the fighting, which civilians fleeing the town said had continued for at least three hours. There were no immediate reports of casualties. (Reporting by Charles Bamba; writing by David Lewis; editing by Mark Heinrich)

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