Haiti Quake

Shots fired at aid delivery

2010-01-24 09:30

Special Report

Clinging to faith in Haiti
Clinging to faith in Haiti

There is not much left of the city's numerous churches, beside crosses and the occasional surviving stained glass window...

SLIDESHOW: Haiti suffers aftershock
SLIDESHOW: Haiti suffers aftershock

See our slideshow detailing the latest news from Haiti in pictures and sound.

Port-au-Prince - UN troops fired warning shots and sprayed tear gas on Haitian quake survivors on Saturday after a food delivery to hundreds of them spiralled out of control in the capital.

The distribution of food, soybean oil, water and radios at a former military airfield began calmly, with two long lines of people waiting patiently across the field, an AFP photographer saw.

Brazilian troops missed small early scuffles for aid by many who had seen no help since the massive January 12 earthquake reduced their homes to rubble, and were eventually forced to resort to tear gas and firing into the air.

Nevertheless, as order broke down and crowds poured out of the lines, the peacekeepers finally abandoned a pile of radios and other aid for people to fight over, as they stood by.

It was unclear if the delivery by the World Food Programme and the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) was finally completed.

The UN Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to send 3 500 extra UN troops and police to quake-hit Haiti to help maintain order and protect humanitarian convoys.

The UN mission in Haiti, deployed in the impoverished nation since mid-2004, currently has roughly 7 000 troops, 2 000 police and about 2 000 civilian personnel.

- AFP

Read more on:    haiti  |  haiti earthquake
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/Wine

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Deal of the week!

20% off Afrikaans books, music and DVDs. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Hot gaming titles – available for pre-order!

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition, Far Cry 4, Grand Theft Auto 5 and more. Pre-order now!

Get a free eBook

Buy 3 eBooks and get the cheapest FREE. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Pushing too hard and doing too much may have left you feeling drained and overwhelmed. You may need time out to recharge and reset...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.