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Thursday, 26 September, 2002, 21:58 GMT 22:58 UK
In pictures: Escape from Bouake
French soldiers deployed in Ivory Coast evacuate hundreds of French citizens and other foreign nationals from the city of Bouake, the scene of heavy fighting between government and rebel forces.

French troops in convoy
The French troops quickly gained control of the main roads into the city

Sierra Leonean football team
Among those trapped in the city are the Sierra Leonean football team, in the city for a tournament

Rebels in Bouake
Armed rebels are still roaming the streets, but they have agreed to maintain a ceasefire during the evacuation

Rebels and their supporters in Bouake
The rebels seem to enjoy a great deal of support among the locals

Evacuated children
The French troops successfully rescued about 160 children yesterday who had been trapped in the city's international school

Foreigners evacuated from Bouake
For many of the Westerners who have been evacuated the anxiety of the past few days will start to recede

Bouake locals and a French soldier
But for the locals left behind the situation remains extremely dangerous


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