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Police killed in Haiti attack

Three anti-gang police officers in Haiti were killed on 9 June in a sudden attack carried out by gang members in lower Delmas, a neighbourhood of Port-au-Prince that is controlled by infamous gang leader Jimmy “Barbeque” Cherizier. Two other officers were rescued by backup units and survived the attack.

Increased levels of violence in Port-Au-Prince have led to a large number of people fleeing the capital, with gangs controlling more than 80% of the city. Currently, 578,074 people have been internally displaced – a 60% increase since March. Many have sought refuge in provinces outside of the Port-Au-Prince’s metropolitan area. 

A UN-approved multi-national security mission (MSS) led by Kenya is meant to bring more stability to the country by helping Haitian police fight gangs and restore order. But its deployment has been continuously delayed. Originally scheduled to be deployed at the end of May, it was postponed after an advance team of Kenyans identified a shortage of equipment.

On 9 June, Kenya’s President, William Ruto, announced that the deployment will take place in the next week or two. The MSS is largely financed by the US, but the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Chad, and Jamaica have pledged to send personnel.

Meanwhile, in late May Haiti managed to reopen its international airport, which closed in early March after gangs joined forces to oust acting prime minister Ariel Henry and took control of key infrastructure.

To keep up to date with humanitarian challenges in Haiti, check out our recent coverage.

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