United Nations military operations continued in Haiti today amid new reports of fatalities of unarmed civilians. HIP received early reports of a UN raid at 1:00 AM EST today to ostensibly remove "armed bandits and gangs" from the seaside shanty town of Cite Soleil.
According to reporters on the ground, a family of five was sleeping in their home when UN/MINUSTAH soldiers started firing weapons in the neighborhood. It was confirmed by several sources there was no other gunfire in the area when Mercius Lubin, 53 years-old, was wounded in the arm and his wife, Marie-Danielle, was shot in the her right leg by gunfire reported to have come from a UN armored personnel vehicle that shot towards their home. Both claimed they were wounded by indiscriminate UN gunfire.
The Lubin's young daughters were sleeping in their home when they were killed instantly by UN troops. Seven year-old Stephanie Lubin and four year-old Alexandra Lubin are now counted among the mounting toll of unarmed children killed by United Nations forces in Cite Soleil.
This follows an admission by United Special Envoy Edmond Mulet this last Wednesday that there is so-called "collateral damage" among the residents of one of the world's poorest communities. Mulet also sought to spin recent revelations about UN actions in Haiti by claiming that their forces were attacked by 30 armed gangsters on Jan. 24 who fired 20,000 rounds. His account is doubted by observers and is seen as a way of deflecting reports that the UN fired over 22,000 rounds of ammunition in an event the community has called a "UN massacre" on July 6, 2005.
Cite Soleil is also reeling from recent attacks including a pre-dawn raid last Dec. 22 where residents claim at least thirty were killed and scores more wounded by United Nations forces in Haiti. HIP also received evidence that UN forces shot and killed a nine year-old boy, Boadley Bewence Germain, on Jan. 20 along with an unidentified 17 year-old student who was shot in the chest at close range.
Later reports indicate that today's killings were met by a demonstration of at least 5000 people in Cite Soleil that began at 11:00 AM EST. Protestors reportedly hurled insults at the UN forces and shouted "Down with Preval" - an apparent reference to Haiti's president who is said to have sanctioned the raids. The spontaneous protest was broke up by UN forces who first used tear gas to disperse them and then began firing guns towards the crowd. At least four people were reported wounded in that incident including journalists caught in the stampede to avoid the gunfire.
Alarming reports of attacks by UN forces on unarmed civilians have increased as they step up military operations in Cite Soleil under the pretext of routing alleged gangs of criminals. All of this comes as the U.S. and their allies have pushed for a one-year extension of the United Nations mandate in Haiti.
Posted July 22, 2023