UN mission arrests people looting soap factory in Haiti's capital

30 January 2006

The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) said today that its rapid reaction forces recently repelled members of an armed gang who were attacking a soap factory and another gang which was attacking a fuel depot in the Caribbean country’s capital, Port-au-Prince.

The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) said today that its rapid reaction forces recently repelled members of an armed gang who were attacking a soap factory and another gang which was attacking a fuel depot in the Caribbean country’s capital, Port-au-Prince.

During the first operation on Friday, the blue helmets arrested nearly two dozen people who were looting the complex, MINUSTAH said.

The depot attacked on Saturday was the biggest propane gas terminal in the country, located in Varreux, between suburban Cité Soleil and La Saline.

Armed gangs have been a constant concern of MINUSTAH since it was set up by the Security Council to help to re-establish peace in the impoverished country after an insurgency forced elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to go into exile in February 2004.

 

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