U.N. troops fired tear gas at desperate Haitians crowding a food handout outside the wrecked presidential palace yesterday as delays in getting help to earthquake survivors persist two weeks after the catastrophe.

The Brazilian U.N. peacekeepers used pepper spray to control a frenzied crowd of thousands of Haitians seeking food at a makeshift camp on the grounds of the palace.

Aid workers have widened the distribution of food and water.

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