Rebels Clash With Government Forces

From Times Wire Reports

Rebel fighters clashed with government troops and warplanes struck guerrilla positions, escalating hostilities a day after army hard-liners broke a cease-fire and relaunched Ivory Coast’s civil war after more than a year of relative peace.

With scores of civilians injured and an unknown number killed, regional gains toward peace were again in the balance, with international leaders appealing for restraint.

In Abidjan, the nation’s largest city, residents stocked up on food supplies, fearing a possible rebel counteroffensive.