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At least 234 dead or hurt in Haiti gang violence from July 8-12: UN

Gang violence killed or injured at least 234 people from July 8-12 in Cité Soleil, the United Nations said on Saturday.

The unrest erupted between two rival factions and the city's ill-equipped and understaffed police force failed to intervene, trapping residents in their homes, unable to go out for even food and water.

With many houses in the slums made of sheet metal, residents fell victim to stray bullets. Ambulances were unable to reach those in need.

"Most of the victims were not directly involved in gangs and were directly targeted by gang elements. We have also received new reports of sexual violence," said UN human rights office spokesperson Jeremy Laurence.

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