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Hati-Gang Violence: Dozens of residents continue to flee Fort National

  • May 16, 2024
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P-au-P, 16 from 2024 [AlterPresse] — Dozens of residents, including women and children, are forced to abandon their homes, following new attacks by the armed Bel Air gang against the Fort National district (downtown Port-au- Prince), on the night of Wednesday May 15 to Thursday May 16, 2024, according to information gathered by the online agency AlterPresse.

An unknown number of homes were burned by armed bandits from Bel Air.

“The districts of Fort National and Solino are delivered to the bandits by the high command of the Haitian National Police (PNH). The capital, Port-au-Prince, is almost 100% under the control of bandits,” warns the Haitian National Police Union (Spnh-17), in a tweet.

The Pnh High Staff does not provide resources to police officers on the ground so that they can carry out operations in gang strongholds, deplores Spnh-17.

He asks the police officers from the base of the Departmental Operations and Interventions Brigade (Boid) at Fort National and other Pnh units to mobilize, alongside the population, to track down the bandits who are trying to take over control of the area.

Spnh-17 denounces criminal maneuvers aimed at placing the capital, Port-au-Prince, under the 100% control of bandits by handing it over to thugs.

In an alert on Tuesday May 14, 2024the Spnh-17 asked the high command of the police institution to take all measures to prevent the armed gang of Bel Air, led by the prison escapee Kempès Sanon, ally of the coalition of armed gangs called Live Togetherto take control of the Boid base at Fort National.

Two people were reportedly shot and killed and several houses burned, during an armed attack perpetrated by the Bel Air gang, on Monday May 13 and Tuesday May 14, 2024, in the Fort National district.

Since Monday May 13, 2024, heavy weapon fire has created a wave of panic in Fort National, Solino and its surroundings.

A 16-year-old boy was shot dead and several others injuredin repeated attacks by armed bandits from the coalition of gangs called Live togetherperpetrated since Friday May 10, 2024 against the Solino district and its surroundings.

The victim was shot during an armed attack on Sunday May 12, 2024 against Solino.

Between Thursday April 25 and Sunday May 5, 2024, more than 5,000 people have been displaced, following several attacks by armed gangs in the commune of Delmas, particularly in the district of Delmas 24 and Solinoidentified the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

These internally displaced people headed towards the municipalities of Port-au-Prince, Delmas, Croix-Des-Bouquets and Tabarre (in the northeast), she adds.

Among them, 51% found refuge with host families, while 49% settled in ten sites, including six new sites and four existing sites, specifies the IOM.

In recent months, 95,000 people have been forced to leave their homes in the metropolitan area of ​​the capital, Port-au-Prince, to seek refuge in other areas of the country, due to terror and other acts of violence. armed gang violence.

Following an attack perpetrated on the night of Friday May 10 to Saturday May 11, 2024 by armed gangs in the commune of Gressier (about thirty km south of Port-au-Prince), (a number of) 4,463 people, or 1,026 families, also movedcounted the IOM.

92% of these displaced people headed towards the municipalities of Léogane, Grand-Goâve, Gressier, Carrefour, located in the West, where the metropolitan area of ​​the capital, Port-au-Prince is located, 4% towards Nippes (part of the South-West of Haiti) and 3% towards the South department, she continues.

Among them, 73% found refuge with host families, while 27% settled in 7 sites, including 4 new sites and 3 existing sites, according to the data collected.

From January to March 2024, (a number of) 2,505 people were killed and injured in violence linked to armed gangs in Haitiindicated the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (Binuh), in a report dated Friday April 19, 2024. [emb rc apr 16/05/2024 11:45]