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More than 50 dead in Haiti in clashes between gangs

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Shootings between rival gangs have caused 52 deaths since Friday near the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, the mayor of the commune of Cité Soleil, Joël Janéus, said on Monday.

The shootings that took place in this vast slum of Port-au-Prince also left more than a hundred injured, including at least 50 seriously, added Mr. Janéus.

Bullets went through the roofs of houses and killed the people who were crouching in their homes »

A quote from Joël Janéus, mayor of Cité Soleil

I have been contacted by young people who would like this war to end. But I can’t do anything. I have no waythe mayor told the Haitian newspaper the Newbie.

Gangs also prevent access to the Varreux oil terminal.

West Indies Groupthe Haitian conglomerate that operates this oil terminal, confirmed thatno tanker can enter or leave the terminal since Friday. This shutdown complicates the supply in a country plagued by a fuel shortage.

Armed conflicts between the G-9 and G-Pep gangs threaten drivers who use the roads to the terminal, which accounts for 70% of the country’s fuel storage capacity, operators told the newspaper.

In the front row of the clashes, the inhabitants lack water and bread, underlines a resident of Cité Soleil who says she has seen the powerlessness of the police.

Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry’s office has not commented on the ongoing clashes in Cité Soleil.

Haitian gangs have grown in power since the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in July 2021.

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