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Deadly Gang Attacks Ramp Up in Affluent Areas of Haiti’s Capital, Leaving Dozens Dead

Haiti Continues to Face Escalating Gang Violence

In the‌ early hours of Monday, two affluent neighborhoods in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, ‍were targeted by gangs in a violent rampage that resulted in the deaths⁤ of numerous individuals in⁣ the ⁢surrounding areas.

Despite the surge in violent gang attacks that have plagued Port-au-Prince since‍ February 29, ⁢the‍ neighborhoods of Laboule and Thomassin had managed to maintain a sense of relative calm up until this recent onslaught.

A witness, an Associated Press photographer, described the harrowing ‌scene in Pétionville, where ‍the streets were littered with the bodies of at least 12 men. The aftermath of the attacks left a trail of devastation ⁣and despair in⁣ the‌ affected communities.

The​ tragic events prompted ⁢despair among residents, some of whom resorted⁤ to calling radio stations in⁤ a‌ desperate plea for ⁢police intervention as the violence unfolded ⁤in their neighborhoods.

Furthermore, concerns have been raised about the relentless nature of gang violence ‌in Haiti, particularly following Prime Minister Ariel Henry’s announcement of his impending ‌resignation upon the establishment of ‌a transitional⁢ presidential council, a demand that had​ been made by the criminal organizations.

Compounding the already dire situation, Haiti’s⁤ power company reported⁤ the destruction ‍of four substations ⁤in‍ the capital ⁣and other areas,⁣ resulting in ‌widespread power outages in critical parts of Port-au-Prince, including the impoverished‍ Cite ​Soleil neighborhood and⁤ a‌ local hospital.

In response to the escalating ⁣crisis, efforts have ‍been made‍ by Caribbean leaders​ to assist​ in the formation of a transitional council, aimed at addressing the root causes of the violence and instability ⁢in⁤ the country.

However, the deployment of a UN-backed Kenyan police force to combat the gangs has faced ⁣delays, with⁤ the ⁢East African country opting to await​ the establishment of the transitional council before proceeding​ with ‍its intervention efforts.

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