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Thursday, 23 December, 1999, 20:01 GMT
Haitian shantytown torched in revenge attack

The Haitian authorities have promised to rebuild part of the country's biggest shantytowns, Cite Soleil, on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, which was set on fire by a gang on Wednesday.

Witnesses said the violence began when two men got into an argument over money, resulting in one being shot dead.

A group of people then began setting fire to nearby shacks, and the flames spread to at least fifty homes.

Correspondents say many criminal gangs operate with impunity in Cite Soleil, which has a population of more than two-hundred-thousand.

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