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German ambassador and EU diplomats depart Haiti after escalation of violence


A courthouse set on hearth by gangs in Port-au-Prince, Haiti


Armed gangs have been attacking police stations, prisons and courts in Haiti for days. Several EU diplomats, together with the German ambassador, have left the Caribbean nation due to this.

AIn view of the escalation of violence in Haiti, the German ambassador and EU diplomats have left the Caribbean nation. The German ambassador and the everlasting consultant within the capital Port-au-Prince left for the Dominican Republic on Sunday “due to the very tense security situation in Haiti together with representatives from the EU delegation,” mentioned a spokesman for the Foreign Office in Berlin. They now work from the neighboring nation till additional discover.

The USA had beforehand introduced the withdrawal of workers from its embassy in Port-au-Prince. In addition, measures to guard the constructing have been strengthened. The embassy is limiting its operations however will stay open, the US State Department mentioned.

For days in Haiti, armed gangs that management a lot of the capital and highway connections to the remainder of the nation have been attacking police stations, prisons and courts.

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The violence in Haiti escalated within the absence of Haiti's Prime Minister Ariel Henry whereas he was on a visit overseas in Kenya. The armed gangs within the nation are demanding the resignation of Henry, who was truly supposed to go away workplace at first of February. Instead, on the finish of February, Henry agreed with the opposition to control collectively till new elections have been held “within twelve months”.

According to the Haitian police union, armed males attacked the presidential palace and the police headquarters in Port-au-Prince on Friday. Several attackers have been subsequently killed.

Haiti has been in a severe disaster for years, which incorporates not solely gang violence but additionally political instability and financial hardship. According to the UN, the variety of individuals within the nation in want of humanitarian assist has doubled up to now 5 years alone.