US Troops TAKE CONTROL of Haiti Presidential Palace…

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Tue, 01/19/2010 - 11:43pm.


US Navy helicopter take control of presidential palace in Port-au-Prince

US troops have descended by helicopter to take control of Haiti's ruined presidential palace as the earthquake relief operation intensifies... (Keep watching... S.I.A.)

Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne division arrived in at least four choppers to secure the executive mansion, a once elegant white building in the devastated city centre, now surrounded by a vast refugee camp. From the palace, a 60-strong squad of soldiers headed on foot to the city's general hospital, swamped with injured left behind by last week's catastrophic earthquake, which the Haitian government says killed at least 70,000.

US Navy helicopter take control of presidential palace in Port-au-Prince

The arrival was the most spectacular deployment so far in the US military's operation to bring relief to Port-au-Prince, but was not welcomed by some in the crowd who saw the arrival as an affront to Haitian sovereignty. "I haven't seen the Americans in the streets giving out water and food, but now they come to the palace," said Wilson Guillaume, as some of the homeless living rough in the Champ de Mars square before the palace shouted abuse.

Haiti earthquake: US Navy takes control of presidential palace in Port-au-Prince

"It's an occupation. The palace is our power, our face, our pride," said Feodor Desanges. While army paratroopers took charge of key downtown sites, Marines were landing southwest of the city to link up with UN peacekeepers and prepare to land a larger flow of troops and equipment, a US military official said. The Security Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to send 3,500 extra UN troops and police to quake-Haiti to help maintain order and protect humanitarian convoys.

The presidential palace in Port-au-Prince is seen before and after the earthquake

The 15-member Security Council, "recognising the dire circumstances and urgent need for a response," endorsed a reinforcement request made by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday. The resolution drafted by the United States decided that the UN mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH, "will consist of a military component of up to 8,940 troops of all ranks and of a police component of up to 3,711 police". China's UN Ambassador, Zhang Yesui, the council chairman, said the extra troops and police would be deployed for a period of six months.

January 19, 2010 - source TelegraphUK

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Tue, 01/19/2010 - 11:43pm.