SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. and Canada sent armored vehicles and other supplies to Haiti on Saturday to help police fight powerful gangs amid a pending request from the Haitian government for the immediate deployment of foreign troops. Did.
A State Department statement said the equipment had been purchased by the Haitian government, but did not provide details of the supplies that were transported to the capital Port-au-Prince by military plane.
A spokesman for the U.S. Forces Southern Command said it could not disclose the details of the materials sent, but added that it was a joint operation involving the U.S. Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force.
“This equipment will help[Haiti’s National Police]fight criminals who are fomenting violence, disrupting the flow of urgently needed humanitarian aid, and undermining efforts to stop the spread of cholera. ‘ said the State Department.
The Pan American Health Organization said there were more than 560 suspected cases of cholera, about 300 hospitalized and at least 35 dead, with experts saying the number is much higher than reported. I warn you that it is very likely.
It has been more than a month since one of Haiti’s most powerful gangs surrounded a fuel terminal and demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry. Demonstrators have also blocked roads in major cities to protest sharp increases in fuel prices after Henry announced in early September that his administration could no longer afford to subsidize fuel.
Since then, petrol stations have closed, hospitals have scaled back services, banks and grocery stores are operating on a limited basis, and fuel, water and other supplies have dwindled across Haiti.
The owner of the fuel terminal said on Saturday that armed men attacked the facility for a second time after overwhelming the facility’s guards and emergency personnel, fleeing with more than 28,000 gallons of petroleum products.
It is the second time this week that gunmen have broken into the terminal, where more than 10 million gallons of gasoline and diesel and more than 800,000 gallons of kerosene are stored.
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