UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Shots were fired near the US embassy in Haiti, the State Department announced on Twitter, calling the embassy staff and the people intending to go to the shelter.
Shots were fired on Monday, April 29 near an entrance to the US Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the State Department announced on Twitter.
#Haiti: Gunfire coming from the rear entrance to the Embassy. Shelter in place is in effect for the Embassy compound. If you are traveling to the Embassy, find a safe area to shelter in place. pic.twitter.com/vyrmuPWR5D
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) April 29, 2019
“A gunfire erupted near the back entrance of the embassy. People in the embassy compound are asked to stay away. If you go to the embassy, find a safe place for shelter,” said the State Department.
For now, the State Department has not provided further details.
On February 14, Washington announced the recall of its non-essential diplomats and their families based in Haiti and urged Americans not to go there. The State Department had already ordered all the children of the diplomatic staff of the embassy to leave the country on 12 February.
Haiti has been in a political crisis since February 7, the 33rd anniversary of the overthrow of dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier. In recent months, the economic situation in the country has deteriorated due to the depreciation of the local currency, the gourd, and rising inflation.
Several demonstrations took place in Port-au-Prince, to demand the departure of President Jovenel Moïse who, according to the demonstrators, had been placed in power by the United States just like the former head of state, Michel Martelly. Clashes between police and protesters have already left 26 dead and 77 wounded, according to a report published in February by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).
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