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Rebels Overrun Haiti's Second City in Fierce Battle

Columns of balaclava-wearing rebels overran Haiti’s second-largest city, Cap Haitien, on Sunday and drove police from their headquarters in an escalation of a bloody rebellion against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Heavy gunfire rattled throughout the city as a rebel force of about 200 scattered poorly trained and outnumbered police before them and people ran for cover. Flights from the capital were suspended. “I believe the city is under rebel control,” Alejandro Chicheri, a spokesman for the World Food Program in Haiti, told Reuters. He had been in contact with aid workers in Cap Haitien. “But I think there is still some combat left.” Aristide, in an address to state television, said he had sent in reinforcements and local radio reported the insurgents had left the city after burning down the police station and freeing prisoners from a jail. Full Story

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