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Haiti: Hundreds of inmates escape after armed gangs storm jail

Caribbean leaders are assembly in Jamaica on Monday to debate the continued state of emergency in Haiti, the place gangs have taken over a lot of the nation’s capital metropolis, Port-au-Prince, and have pressured Prime Minister Ariel Henry overseas.

Mr Henry is at the moment in Puerto Rico and has been barred from returning to his residence nation. A rising variety of officers in Haiti are calling for his resignation. According to the Associated Press, the prime minister has rejected the calls. Patrick Boivert, a finance minister, is at the moment serving because the nation’s appearing prime minister.

Earlier this month, gangs stormed a few of the nation’s prisons and set no less than 4,000 inmates free, resulting in violence and chaos. The gangs additionally burned police stations and closed the primary worldwide airports.

The nation then declared a state of emergency. It’s not clear if Mr Henry will attend the assembly on Monday. It was organised by  Caricom, a regional commerce bloc that has pressed for a transitional authorities within the nation for months.

Mr Henry has served because the nation’s prime minister since 1987.


US and EU embassies start evacuating workers

The US army mentioned it has evacuated extra nonessential personnel from the nation’s Haiti embassy whereas bolstering its safety.

The embassy continues to stay open. “Heightened gang violence in the neighborhood near U.S. embassy compounds and near the airport led to the State Department’s decision to arrange for the departure of additional embassy personnel. All arriving and departing passengers work for the U.S. government,” the embassy mentioned in a press release posted to X.

According to CNN, the German and European Union embassies have additionally evacuated a few of their diplomatic workers, together with their ambassadors, Peter Bauer and Stefano Gatto.

The Dominican Republic’s airspace is at the moment closed to Haiti.

Michelle Del Rey11 March 2024 18:33


US forces deployed to guard US embassy in Haiti

Over the weekend, US army officers mentioned they’d flown in forces to Haiti to up safety on the nation’s Port-Au-Prince embassy. Authorities have been cautious to say that no residents of the nation have been on the plane, amid rumours that senior Haitian officers may be trying to flee the nation as assaults worsen.

The plane landed on the embassy compound, which means that helicopters have been concerned within the operation.

“This airlift of personnel into and out of the Embassy is consistent with our standard practice for Embassy security augmentation worldwide, and no Haitians were on board the military aircraft,” based on a press release launched by the army. The army had beforehand ordered the departure of nonessential workers and all relations in July, based on the Associated Press.

Michelle Del Rey11 March 2024 18:03


In photographs: Haiti’s ongoing state of emergency

Workers put down a fireplace set at an workplace of Haiti’s energy firm throughout a protest to demand the resignation of the Prime Minister Ariel Henry in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, March 1, 2024


Residents flee their houses throughout clashes between police and gang member on the Portail neighborhood in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024


An injured journalist is helped after he was reportedly hit by a tear gasoline canister fired by police in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on March 9, 2024. Sporadic gunfire rang out in Port-au-Prince late March 8

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A girl with a gunshot wound is transported by two males on a motorbike as Haiti stays in state of emergency because of the violence, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti March 9, 2024


Members of the General Security Unit of the National Palace, USGPN, arrange a safety perimeter round one of many three downtown stations after police fought off an assault by gangs the day earlier than, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, March 9, 2024


People stroll close to the vehicles consumed by a fireplace, as Haiti stays within the state of emergency because of the violence, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti March 9, 2024


Michelle Del Rey11 March 2024 18:00


Haiti’s disaster is prompting hundreds of residents to flee to the Dominican Republic

Fifteen thousand individuals have been displaced in Haiti for the reason that finish of final month, when the gang assaults started, based on The world. This has led to a few of the nation’s residents trying to cross into neighbouring Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti.

Despite the continued disaster, border officers within the Dominican Republic have been filmed deporting a few of the residents again into Haiti, based on Al Jazeera.

Last 12 months, the Dominican Republic closed its border with the nation over the development of a canal on the Massacre River, which lies in between the 2 nations. In October, the Dominican Republic partially reopened the border however maintained a ban on issuing visas to Haitian migrants.

Diplomatic tensions proceed. After the gang assaults, Haiti Prime Minister Ariel Henry was denied entry into the Dominican Republic, forcing him to take shelter in close by Puerto Rico.

Michelle Del Rey11 March 2024 17:41


Antony Blinken to attend assembly in Jamaica concerning Haiti disaster

Global leaders, together with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, are anticipated to attend a gathering on Monday in Jamaica about Haiti’s future because it stays in a state of emergency following an tried gang takeover.

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Michelle Del Rey11 March 2024 17:13