French troops were prepared to evacuate foreigners from Bouake, a rebel-held city sixty miles from the capital, Yamoussoukro, after a failed coup left scores dead and rebel troops surrounded. U.S. troops were also on the way to protect some 100 Americans trapped in Bouake. During the coup attempt, fighting also erupted in Abidjan, the commercial capital, and three other cities. Travel to Côte d’Ivoire should be deferred until the situation stabilizes, especially to the cities of Abidjan, Bouake and Korhogo.