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In Haiti, gangs attacked a prison and released hundreds of prisoners.

In Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, there was a mass breakout from the main prison by armed groups who attacked the correctional facility and freed several hundred prisoners. According to the Gazette Haiti portal and CNN, local authorities are calling on all police from the capital with access to vehicles and weapons to join the operation to regain control of the prison complex. There have been no reports of injuries or casualties at this time, and the prison guards were released after the prisoners were released.

The attack on the prison occurred while Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry was in Kenya asking for peacekeeping troops to be sent to Haiti. The surge in violence by armed groups is unprecedented, several security sources said. Gangs attacked police stations across the city, killing at least four people and burning station buildings. As a result of the shooting near the airport, airlines were forced to suspend flights to Haiti.

The difficult security situation in Haiti has worsened following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in 2021 and a devastating earthquake in August of the same year, which killed more than 2,2 people. According to reports, criminal groups control up to 80% of the capital, and some of them have even announced plans to overthrow the current government by force.

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