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Haitian police retake three towns as rebels vow to fight

Haitian police retook three towns from rebels battling President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and the government pledged to win back control of all territory lost during battles that have left at least 42 dead in five days. The US State Department on Tuesday urged Americans to leave Haiti “if they can do so safely,” while the United Nations warned that Haiti faces a major humanitarian crisis. “We will do what we must to restore order without harming the population,” said Haitian Public Safety Minister Jean-Gerard Dubreuil. He claimed rebels had used civilians as human shields in Gonaives, the first city taken by the armed opposition. Police forces took back the towns of Grand Goave, St Marc and Dondon after sometimes fierce battles on Monday, media reports said. Full Story

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