Dominican Republic alert for Haitian exile moves
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic stepped up naval and air patrols Monday along its northwestern coast to prevent Haitian exiles from using the area as a springboard for an invasion of neighboring Haiti.
A military official said vigilance was intensified in the wake of reports that a band of Haitian exiles planned to invade Haiti from small outlying Caribbean islands.
The Dominican Republic and Haiti share the large island of Hispaniola and have a common 160-mile border.
Patrols reported no unusual movement by exile groups in the vicinity of the Dominican Republic. The border areas were also reported quiet, with traffic proceeding normally.