Forces loyal to Ivory Coast’s UN-backed president-elect Alassane Ouattara have attacked the major town of Daloa as they gain ground on two fronts, the BBC informs. They are making progress against forces loyal to President Laurent Gbagbo in both the east and the west. If it fell, Daloa would open the way to Ivory Coast’s cocoa region. Gbagbo refuses to stand down even though the UN says he lost last year’s election. The UN estimates that one million people have already fled the violence. On Monday, pro-Ouattara fighters, known as the New Forces, said they had seized Duekoue, near Daloa, as well as Bondoukou – the first time they had launched an offensive in the east.