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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pro-Aristide Forces Step Up Defense

CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti -- Armed civilians loyal to President Jean-Bertrand Aristide stoked up fiery barricades and blocked entry to Haiti's second-largest city for a second day Wednesday, vowing to keep rebels from advancing and to stem a violent uprising that has killed at least 42.

Sporadic gunshots crackled over the northern port city of Cap-Haitien overnight, in an apparent attempt to intimidate any rebels or their supporters.

Under cover of darkness, with the city blacked out because there is no fuel for generators, attackers looted a warehouse in the city, carrying away bags of rice, flour and other staples.

A police outpost in the remote northwestern hamlet of Bassin Bleu was torched by gunmen Monday in a hit-and-run operation, Radio Vision 2000 reported. It said police had abandoned the town Sunday. Most of Haiti returned to relative calm Tuesday with Aristide supporters looking to the battle ahead. Opponents refuse to participate in new elections unless Aristide steps down.

"We're going to devour them," said Jean-Claude Joseph, standing, arms crossed, at a barricade with more than a dozen others at Cap-Haitien, a former Aristide stronghold whose support for the president has waned with deepening poverty.