Riots break out in capital

Police stopped travellers from heading into the centre of Port-au-Prince around LaVille, near the presidential palace, because of the shooting.

“They are shooting everybody — journalists, policemen...,” a police officer told DPA. When asked if the reporters could go through, he said: “La Ville, no way.”

The reports were among the first confirmed reports of broadening unrest after days of anecdotal evidence of violent incidents. Most of those incidents in the recent days involved people being robbed for food.Five days after the earthquake hit the city, food, water and medical aid is trickling in, and on Saturday, there were the first semblances of order returning. A few vendors were open for business, even selling flowers. On Sunday, a top US military officer confirmed that the international community is bracing for a possible death toll between 150,000 and 200,000 from the earthquake.

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