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Soldiers open fire on civilians in Ivory Coast, killing 4

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A wounded man recieves medical care at a hospital in Abidjan's Treichville neighbourhood on Tuesday, March 8.. At least three men and a woman were the latest victims of an increasingly bloody post-electoral crisis, which the UN fears could become a full-blown civil war.

 The AP says: In an act of bold defiance, thousands of women converged Tuesday on the bloodstained pavement where seven of their sisters fell last week, even as the army backing this country's rogue leader killed four more civilians.

The brutal slayings last week occurred when soldiers in armored personnel carriers opened fire on a crowd of female demonstrators who were armed with nothing more than tree branches, symbolizing peace.  Read the full story here.

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Women's organizer Betty Nguessan, center, grieves during a march 'of mourning' for all the victims of post-election violence, in the Treichville neighborhood of Abidjan, Ivory Coast Tuesday, March 8. Later in the day, soldiers backing Ivory Coast's rogue leader opened fire on civilians again, killing at least four people in Treichville hours after hundreds took to the streets to protest the deaths of seven women gunned down at a march last week.

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A doctor stanches bleeding from a head wound as he treats people on the corridor floor of the health clinic.

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Aladji Diawara is comforted by a friend and a relative, as he grieves for his brother Mohamed, 30, who died from gunshot wounds after security forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo opened fire on civilians.

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A nurse prepares to give an IV to a man shot in the arm when security forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo opened fire on civilians, at a health clinic, in the Treichville neighborhood of Abidjan, Ivory Coast Tuesday.

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A man shot in the leg when security forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo opened fire on civilians receives treatment at a health clinic, in the Treichville neighborhood of Abidjan, Ivory Coast Tuesday, Tuesday. Soldiers backing Ivory Coast's rogue leader opened fire on civilians again Tuesday, killing at least four people hours after hundreds took to the streets to protest the deaths of seven women gunned down at a march last week.