Gang violence in Haiti forces hospital evacuation

Gang violence in Haiti forces hospital evacuation

Gang violence in Haiti forces hospital evacuation

Gang violence in the capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince forces hospital evacuation. The police evacuated patients at Fontaine Hospital Center.

According to Fontaine Hospital Center director Jose Ulysse, there were more than 100 patients, nearly half of whom were children. They all had to be removed from the hospital due to the ongoing war between gangs.

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Mr. Jose while talking to AFP corrected an earlier allegation that gangs had invaded the hospital and taken hostages. He explained there was a gang war, but the war was around the hospital.

He claimed that while some people were able to exit the hospital on their own. However, others including a woman who had given birth by Caesarean section a day earlier needed the assistance of the local authorities. Mr.Jose claims we were able to get everyone to safety.
Gang violence in Haiti forces hospital evacuation

The hospital is located in Cite Soleil, a major shantytown where there has been recent turmoil following the death of a gang leader. The country of Haiti is currently experiencing unprecedented levels of anarchy.

It happened a day after a senior gang leader, Iskar Andrice, was assassinated in Cite Soleil, increasing worries of further bloodshed in the neighborhood.

Since the death of Haiti’s president in 2021, which triggered a political crisis, gangs have assumed growing control of Port-au-Prince.

According to the most recent UN data, thousands of Haitians have fled their homes in the capital while over 2,400 others have been assassinated. Kenya has said it will send 1,000 police personnel to Haiti to assist restore order, a move approved by the United Nations (UN).

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