Haiti: new violence in Cite Soleil
UN troops and armed gangs exchanged gunfire in Haiti's Cite Soleil shantytown late June 7, leaving at least three dead. Cite Soleil, on the northern edge of the Poart-au-Prince, was the scene of routine gunfights between gangs and foreign troops last year, but had been relatively peaceful since before Haiti's Feb. 7 presidential election.
A bastion of support for former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Cite Soleil was rife with violence after he was pushed from power by a bloody rebellion in February 2004. The peacekeepers, now numbering about 8,700 soldiers and police, were sent to Haiti after Aristide's ouster to support a US-backed interim government. The violence in Cite Soleil diminished when Rene Preval, an Aristide protege, emerged as the front-runner for the presidency. Preval won the February election and took office in May. (Reuters, June 8)