Here we go again from the BBC

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Here we go again from the BBC

Post by Barb » Fri Feb 09, 2007 7:22 pm

February 9, 2007

UN troops flood into Haiti slum

UN peacekeepers have been in Haiti since 2004
Hundreds of United Nations troops have moved into Haiti's largest slum, sparking a major gun battle with suspected gang members.
Up to 700 UN peacekeepers entered Cite Soleil, a coastal area of the capital Port-au-Prince, at 0300 (0800 GMT).

UN troops make regular incursions into Cite Soleil - home to about 300,000 people - but a spokesman said this was the biggest so far.

He said troops had forced a major criminal gang out of its headquarters.

The Brazilian-led force of 8,000 has been deployed in Haiti since the ousting of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004.

Fierce resistance

UN spokesman David Wimhurst told the BBC that Friday's operation was the largest incursion into Cite Soleil yet attempted by the UN.

Troops entered an area of Cite Soleil known as Boston, the stronghold of a gang leader known only as Evans.

Evans has been blamed for kidnappings, killings and rapes in the areas under the control of his gang.

There was fierce fighting and heavy resistance from gang members, Mr Wimhurst said, but few reports of casualties.

The spokesman said the UN forced gang members out of a school they had occupied, and out of their major headquarters, known as Jamaica Base.

"That means Evans no longer has a base in Cite Soleil," Mr Wimhurst said.

Local radio reported heavy and sustained gunfire coming from the area of Cite Soleil, making an accurate assessment of casualty figures difficult.

At least four people were killed and six wounded during the UN's previous incursion into Cite Soleil, in late January.

There was further violence in December, with at least five people killed in similar clashes.

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Cite Soleil vs Minustah

Post by Leoneljb » Sat Feb 10, 2007 8:11 am

Cite Soleil is not easy to control. Unless, the government and Minustah use some drastic measures.

One way or another, that violence needs to stop!

There are about 500000 people living in such little area. Oun pakEt tikay youn sou lOt. Se pa rans non.


Ala ti peyi pa gen chans.


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