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9 Feb, 2007 21:02

UN troops enter Haiti’s slum

UN troops enter Haiti’s slum

Hundreds of UN peacekeepers have raided Haiti's largest slum to arrest gang members and take control of the area. The move sparked a gunfight which left one person dead and several others, including two peacekeepers, wounded.

Up to 700 UN peacekeepers entered Cite Soleil, a coastal area of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince.

They were aiming to secure a school used by gang members as a base and weapons store.

There have been regular incursions into Cite Soleil in attempts to reduce violence in Haiti