ABIDJAN, Sept 23 Ivory Coast will reopen its
airspace to flights from Ghana but keep land and sea borders
with its neighbour shut, said the Ivorian government on Sunday,
after a series of deadly attacks last week in Abidjan and at a
"After 48 hours of observation of the movements of people
and goods between the two countries, it is decided that only the
air borders will be opened from Monday," the office of President
Alassane Ouattara said in a statement read on state television.
Ivorian airspace would reopen to Ghanaian flights from
midnight, the statement said.
Ivory Coast closed its border with Ghana on Friday after the
raids, during which Defence Minister Paul Koffi Koffi said eight
people, including six attackers, were killed.
The country's Interior Minister Hamed Bakayoko previously
said the attacks on the army and police were launched from
The assaults were the first since August, when near-daily
raids on security forces revived fears of renewed instability a
year after a brief civil war killed more than 3,000 people.
Ivorian officials said the attacks, and a series of similar
raids last month, were organised by allies of former president
Laurent Gbagbo, many of whom now live in exile in neighbouring
countries including Ghana.
Ivory Coast, the world's top cocoa producer, is recovering
from a decade-long political crisis that ended last year with a
brief civil war that killed more than 3,000 people.
(Reporting by Loucoumane Coulibaly; Writing by Joe Bavier;
Editing by Sophie Hares)