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Sarah Palin headed to Haiti for humanitarian effort

The former Alaska governor plans to visit Haiti this weekend to aid humanitarian efforts. She planned to travel there with the Rev. Franklin Graham as part of the outreach of his Samaritan's Purse relief organization.

A spokeswoman for the group confirmed Palin planned to visit relief sites this weekend. The visit comes as rising tension in Haiti's capital threatened to turn into a violent confrontation between warring supporters of two presidential candidates.

At least one person died from gunshot wounds and at least two others were injured in an incident on the capital's central square where thousands of displaced earthquake victims are still camped out.

The State Department reissued a travel warning to the country and recommended against nonessential travel. Graham said he appreciates Palin's willingness to visit Haiti during such troubled times.

"I believe Gov. Palin will be a great encouragement to the people of Haiti and to the organizations, both government and private, working so hard to provide desperately needed relief," he said in a statement.