More Troops From U.S. and U.N. Heading to Haiti
Posted on Jan 19, 2010
It’s been a long and agonizing week for survivors and aid workers since last Tuesday’s catastrophic earthquake in Haiti, and containing the chaos is seemingly impossible when as many as 1.5 million Haitians are homeless, 200,000 or more have died and supplies are in desperate demand. But for its part, the U.N. is gearing up to send 2,000 more military and 1,500 more police troops to Haiti, and the U.S. military is ramping up its presence on the beleagured island nation as well. —KA
U.N. peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy said the extra soldiers are essential to protect humanitarian convoys and as a reserve force if security deteriorates further. He said earlier that unruly crowds often gather where food and water is being distributed and said Haitian police had returned to the streets in only “limited numbers.”
The Pentagon announced that the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit from Camp Lejeune, N.C., had established a beachhead west of Port-au-Prince and it expected 800 of the 2,200 Marines in the unit to move ashore Tuesday. U.S. troop strength is rising to about 11,000, part onshore and part on ship.
AP / Gregory Bull
Members of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division arrive via helicopter on the lawn of the National Palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Tuesday.