Haiti: US Troops Land "We Are Here for Security"
American soldiers and paratroopers in full combat gear have landed in the centre of Port au Prince by 20 Black Hawk helicopters. The US Army state that they are there "to provide security" and to work with the Haitian government.
The troops landed at the presidential palace and other key points.
Large parts of the devastated capital have been taken over by gangs of looters. There are fewer than 2,000 police as the area descends into lawlessness and disorder. Fights break out over scarce food and provisions although supplies are now beginning to get through to the earthquake survivors..
US troops met with a mixed reception from hundreds of Haitian earthquake survivors gathered outside the palace's iron railings to await aid handouts.
Most welcomed the turning point as the American military effectively took control of Haiti with cheers of "great, here they come".
"We would not wish to see foreign military disembarking in our country but given the terrible situation we are in, their presence is necessary," said Moline Augustin.
But others in the crowd saw the US arrival in Port-au-Prince as an affront to sovereignty, a reaction highlighting strong anti-Western sentiments in Haiti.
"It's an occupation. The palace is our power, our face, our pride," said Feodor Desanges, one of the onlookers.