Cote d'Ivoire's Laurent Gbagbo is reported to have surrendered and now wants protection, according to a United Nations internal document seen by Reuters news agency.

 "...President Gbagbo has also surrendered and has asked UNOCI's protection," the document to UN staff said.

Gbagbo was negotiating his departure following a fierce assault by forces loyal to his presidential rival backed by U.N. and French helicopter air strikes.

More details soon.

Source: Reuters