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Red Cross Resumes Medical Operations in Haiti

International relief shipments to Haiti are increasing as multinational forces in the Caribbean re-establish security. The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is resuming medical operations it suspended last week because of violence in the country.

The ICRC says about 30 employees are back on the job in medical relief operations. The ICRC suspended operations after its facilities and personnel came under attack in Haiti over the past week.

The U.N. childrens' agency, UNICEF says it will soon begin distributing 30 tons of medical supplies that arrived in Haiti this week now that the security situation in the country is improving.

Haiti's Prime Minister, Yvon Neptune, has declared a state of emergency and a new police chief has been appointed to help end the violence. Rebel leader Guy Philippe says his forces will lay down their arms now that President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has left the country.

More than 1,000 Marines, nearly 1,000 French troops, as well as troops from Canada, Chile, and other countries in the region are patrolling areas in and around the capital hard hit by violence during the past week.