United States Pulls Embassy Personnel From Haiti

(TheConservativeTimes.org) – The United States has called on their Marines in Haiti to airlift their embassy workers out of Haiti amid gang violence.

The United States has brought in forces to help combat the active gang violence in Haiti, however, the non-essential personnel are being removed from the area. Airlifts started on Sunday and amid the airlifts, the United States said that “no Haitians were aboard the military craft” in order to steer away any speculation they were helping the Haitian government to escape the madness.

“This airlift of personnel into and out of the embassy is consistent with our standard practice for embassy security augmentation worldwide,” officials said. They didn’t reveal how many embassy personnel they pulled out but they did state that thousands of Haitians were told to flee following the gang attacks.

These attacks started on February 29th after a series of planned gang attacks killed four police officers. The gang leader behind the attacks is Jimmy Chérizier, who is known as Barbeque; he admitted to leading the attacks. His goal was to capture government officials and stop the return of Prime Minister Ariel Henry.

Not long after the initial attacks a group of gangs stormed into two of their largest prisons and released almost 4,000 inmates, which prompted a state of emergency. These attacks also shut down airports in the areas, which left some people stuck in the country.

Canadian Aid worker Richard Phillips was stuck in Haiti after the airports shut down. “We are actually quite concerned about where this is going. If the police force collapses, there’s going to be anarchy in the streets, and we might be here a month or more,” he said.

He continued, “I’ve been shot at many times in Haiti and have bullet holes in my truck. Personally, I’m kind of used to it. But I’m sure other people, it’s quite traumatic for them.”

Since Haiti’s last leader, Jovenel Moïse, was assassinated in 2021, it has experienced its fair share of turmoil. People are fleeing the country because of violence, lack of government regulation, and the resulting chaos. Gang violence has been an issue for years, especially last year when they had to shut down elections due to the amount of gang violence in the country.

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