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First 400 Kenyan troops already in Haiti

Port-au-Prince, Jun 25 (Prensa Latina) A group of 400 Kenyan troops arrived today in the capital to help the Haitian National Police fight the gangs that control 80 percent of the capital.

The Kenya Airways KQ7681 military plane landed at mid-morning on the runway of the Toussaint Louverture International Airport.

These 400, out of a thousand due to arrive in a phased manner, are elite officers from the Kenya Police Rapid Deployment Unit, who underwent rigorous training, ensuring they were fully prepared for the mission.

The deployment was approved by a UN Security Council resolution last October.

Other countries, in addition to Kenya, will soon travel to Haiti to join the large operation, including Benin, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Suriname and Chad.

This mission is causing concern among the Haitian population regarding respect for human rights, as some organizations dedicated to the issue accuse the Kenyan police of excessive use of force and extrajudicial executions.

Kenya should have been in the Antillean country since May 23, but inspectors told Nairobi there was a lack of shelter conditions, vehicles for transporting personnel, helicopters for evacuating the wounded and other logistical elements.

Hence, he postponed his arrival here, where he is supposed to head the multinational force, but some local media insist that the real head of the operation will be the United States, which always seems to be out of Haiti’s domestic affairs.

The gang members will have to choose between jail and the cemetery,’ said the ambassador of the northern nation in the Caribbean country, Dennis Hankins, according to the digital newspaper Haiti Libre.