UN decries rising death toll, rights violations in Haiti

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – U.N. agencies are again warning of rising violence around Haiti’s capital, saying 99 people have been reported killed in recent gang fighting in the Cite Soleil district alone.

Saturday’s warning came hours after the Security Council approved a resolution renewing the mandate of a U.N. office in the troubled Caribbean nation. U.N. humanitarian agencies say they’re ready to help once it’s safe to do so.

The spokesman for the U.N. refugee agency described those dangers: 934 killings, 684 injuries and 680 kidnappings across the capital in the first half of the year, with hundreds more killed or injured in one neighborhood alone this month.