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UN: At Least 234 Killed, Injured in Haiti


Sat 16 Jul 2022 | 11:21 PM
Israa Farhan

The UN announced that gang violence in the favelas of Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, killed and injured at least 234 people between Between the 8th and 12th of June.

The violence and bloodshed in Haiti, along with high prices and a shortage of fuel, have precipitated the deterioration of the security situation, and aid agencies say it is impossible to reach many areas due to the dangerous conditions.

Momoza Mohindo, the head of the local mission for Doctors Without Borders, told AFP that his organization operated on an average of 15 patients a day during the escalation of violence, adding that it was a real battlefield, and it is impossible to estimate the death toll.

The "Cité Soleil" neighborhood witnessed clashes between two rival gangs that the capital police, who lack much equipment, were unable to stop them, causing the residents who could not leave their homes even to get food.

Many people were killed by stray bullets in the crowded neighborhood whose children live in fragile homes that were not enough to protect them, and ambulances were unable to reach the injured.

Jeremy Lawrence, a spokesman for the UN human mentioned that most of the victims were not directly involved with gangs, and we have also received new reports of sexual violence.

The National Network for the Defense of Human Rights, a Haitian organization, announced that the number of victims of gang violence was 89 dead and 74 injured, in addition to 16 missings, and during the six months from January to June, the UNHR Office estimated 934 deaths and 684 injuries, others 680 were kidnapped.

The Cité Soleil neighborhood has an oil refinery that supplies fuel to the capital and all of northern Haiti, so the clashes had a devastating impact on the region's economy and people's daily lives.