UN troops raid Haiti slum

One person has been killed and at least five injured during a raid by hundreds of UN troops on a huge shantytown in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince.

UN troops raid Haiti slum
Two UN soldiers were among the injured in the attempt to arrest a gang leader in the Cite Soleil slum, said General Carlos Alberto Santos Cruz, the Brazilian military chief of mission.
 
More than 700 heavily armed blue-helmeted troops from seven countries participated in Friday's pre-dawn raid, which sparked a gun battle in the densely populated slum.
 
Friday's raid targeted the Boston area of Cite Soleil, which is controlled by a gang led by a figure known only as "Evens."
 
Santos said: "There will be no tolerance for the kidnappings, harassment and terror carried out by criminal gangs."
 
"I will continue to cleanse these areas of the gangs who are robbing the people of their security."
 
He said gang members fired thousands of rounds at UN troops, who returned fire.
 
A UN spokesman said the organisation was now in charge of the Boston part of slum.
 
Protest
 
The raid was one of the biggest in months by peacekeepers, who were sent to Haiti more than two years ago to quell violence during the 2004 removal of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the former president.
 
After the firefight, about 100 Cite Soleil residents staged a protest outside the UN military base in the slum, waving a white sheet and chanting "We want peace".
 
Damas Augustin, a protester, said: "We want this fighting to stop so innocent people of Cite Soleil can stop being victims and live as human beings."
 
In December last year, UN troops raided another part of Cite Soleil to break up a kidnapping gang.
 
The UN said six suspected gang members were killed, although residents said 10 people died and that all were civilians.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16
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