Spain wraps up Haiti quake mission

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Spanish troops left Haiti on Tuesday after wrapping up a three-month mission to help thousands of victims of January's devastating earthquake, the defence ministry said.

The 450-strong contingent treated more than 8,300 Haitians and vaccinated some 21,000, removed tonnes of rubble from devastated homes and opened roads since arriving in late January, it said.

Four members of the detachment were killed on April 16 when their helicopter crashed in a mountainous area near Haiti's border with the Dominican Republic.

The troops left Haiti for Spain aboard the amphibious ship "the Castilla."

The January 12 earthquake in Haiti killed some 220,000 people and left the capital Port-au-Prince in ruins.

© 2010 AFP

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