July 26, 2021

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Journalist, activist among 15 killed in Haiti shooting

According to the UN's humanitarian aid agency OCHA, about one-third of the Port-au-Prince area is currently affected by violence from an estimated 95 gangs.

A journalist and an activist were among 15 people killed in one night in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, police said Wednesday.

Diego Charles from radio station Vision 2000 and Antoinette Duclaire, the spokeswoman for opposition group Matris Liberasyon, were among the dead, Haiti’s police chief Leon Charles said.

On Tuesday, the spokesman of police union SPNH-17, Guerby Geffrard, was killed by an armed group.

His allies then carried out a shooting themselves in the Delmas 32 district.

It was initially unclear whether the victims were targeted to be killed – they were peaceful civilians, Charles said.

Charles said Geffrard’s allies were likely police officers.

There is an ongoing conflict between SPNH-17 and the leadership of the PNH national police.

Violence is a frequent occurrence.

According to the UN’s humanitarian aid agency OCHA, about one-third of the Port-au-Prince area is currently affected by violence from an estimated 95 gangs.

Fighting for control of urban areas has escalated since early June, with numerous deaths and rapes reported and many houses looted and set on fire.

More than 13,600 people have been forced to flee since June 1, according to data referenced by OCHA up to June 22.

The Caribbean nation is one of the world’s poorest countries, and OCHA reports economic activity is being paralyzed by the violence and roadblocks which cause bottlenecks in supply chains.

Health centres in affected areas can barely operate at a time when Haiti’s already overstretched health system is suffering from an increase in coronavirus cases.

An emergency clinic run by Doctors Without Borders has been temporarily closed after it was shot at.(dpa/NAN)

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