Yasam police Haiti 311.
(photo credit: Israel Police)
The Israel Police delegation to Haiti marked Rosh Hashana early on Sunday, with
a modest meal of apple and honey in the earthquake devastated Caribbean
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said in Jerusalem that the 14
Special Patrol (Yasam) Officers are staying at an Italian base, and are helping
the multinational force in the country to protect civilians and maintain public
order. “Later, they will help set up and train a new Haitian police
force,” Rosenfeld said.
Police delegation to head for Haiti at UN request
Ch.-Supt. Ron Krig, a member of the police
mission, described the troubling scenes he has encountered in a diary entry that
was made public by police on Monday.
“It is difficult to ignore the many
ruins, neglect and dirt in the streets, and of course the dozens of refugee
camps along the way. The hardest part is seeing the people with a look of
desperation, especially the children, who are naked and barefoot,” Krig
“The sights on the streets are very sad. Everywhere, children ask
for sweets and food. When we drink from bottles of water, thirsty
to us. We can’t refuse their request for water, even though it is a drop
ocean,” he added.
The Israeli delegation received a warm welcome from all
of the other UN security personnel it encountered, including forces from
Nigeria, and Jordan, Krig wrote.
“The Canadian deputy chief [of the UN
multinational force] spoke warmly with us and was glad that we were a
forces,” Krig said.