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La Mancha halts Cote d'Ivoire mine

TORONTO ( – Gold-miner La Mancha Resources has halted operations at its Ity mine in the Cote d'Ivoire, the firm said on Friday.

Activities were suspended after “increased agitation” observed over the prior 24 hours, La Mancha said.

“The current situation at the Ity mine remains calm, however further precautionary measures have been taken to safeguard all mine assets,” the firm said in a statement.

All the gold poured over the recent weeks was safely transported off the mine site.

The company initially said earlier this month that mining and milling at Ity was continuing, after Australian miner Newcrest said a day earlier it had suspended operations at a project in the country amid tensions over disputed elections.

La Mancha owns 45,9% of the Ity operation, 40% of the Hassaï mine, in Sudan and 51% of the Frog's Leg mine in Australia, and is the operator at all three operations.

It also owns 100% of the White Foil mine in Western Australia.

The company expects to produce around 130 000 oz of gold this year, about 15% of which will come from the Ity mine.