The United Nations peacekeeping forces securing a food handout in Haiti fired tear gas in an attempt to quell a crowd of Haitians desperate for food, Reuters reports. Some other U.N. food distributions efforts in the Port-au-Prince ended up unruly.

"They're not violent, just desperate. They just want to eat," Brazilian Army Colonel Fernando Soares, a peacekeeper, said as quoted by Reuters. "The problem is, there is not enough food for everyone."

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