The bodies were found in a suburb of Haiti

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Bodies found outside capital, Port-au-Prince, as attacks by gang members have ravaged the country for weeks.
The neighbourhoods had remained largely peaceful despite a surge in gang attacks across Port-au-Prince that began on February 29.
Gang leaders, who have long sought to remove Henry, have warned of a “battle” for Haiti and threatened politicians who join the transition council.
Haiti has seen years of unrest that took a sharp turn to the worst after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in 2021.
The crisis deepened this year as Haitian armed groups launched attacks on police, prisons and other state institutions.
As a result, swathes of Port-au-Prince were without power, including the Cite Soleil slum, the Croix-des-Bouquets community and a hospital.
The international community is also pushing to deploy a Kenyan-led police force to help maintain security in Haiti.
US Department of State spokesperson Vedant Patel on Monday said that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is close to finalising the transitional council.
The State Department has chartered flights to evacuate dozens of US citizens out of Haiti.
Patel said the evacuation plan was put in place in response to the limited availability of commercial flights out of the country.

As gang attacks have devastated the nation for weeks, bodies have been discovered outside of Port-au-Prince, the capital.

A new government has not yet been announced, and tensions are still high in the affluent Petion-Ville neighborhood outside of the capital of Haiti. At least 12 bodies have been removed from the neighborhood by ambulance.

Before dawn on Monday, gunmen broke into houses in the mountainous areas of Laboule and Thomassin, causing the locals to escape while some begged for police assistance over the phone.

Despite a spike in gang attacks throughout Port-au-Prince that started on February 29, the neighborhoods had stayed mainly quiet.

The bodies of the shot victims were taken from outside a gas station and off the main road that led into the suburb, according to reports from the news agencies Reuters and Associated Press.

Even though Prime Minister Ariel Henry declared almost a week ago that he would step down after a transitional presidential council was established, the most recent attacks have sparked worries that gang violence won’t stop. Two observers from various political coalitions and societal segments will join the seven voting members of the council.

Gang leaders, who have been trying to get rid of Henry for a while, have threatened politicians who join the transition council and warned of a “battle” for Haiti. Food and medical care shortages are getting worse for the locals in the meantime.

Following President Jovenel Moise’s assassination in 2021, years of unrest in Haiti abruptly worsened.

This year, the crisis worsened as armed groups in Haiti attacked law enforcement, prisons, and other government facilities. Because of the closure of the city’s main airport, locals in Port-au-Prince have been reluctant to leave their houses in search of supplies like food, water, and other necessities.

Haiti’s electricity company declared on Monday that four substations, including one in the capital, had “been completely destroyed and rendered dysfunctional.”. Large areas of Port-au-Prince lost electricity as a result, including the hospital, the Croix-des-Bouquets community, and the Cite Soleil slum.

Critical papers, cables, inverters, batteries, and other items were also taken by criminals, according to the company.

According to Jean-Michael Bauer, the director of the United Nations World Food Programme for Haiti, the worsening circumstances are making it more challenging for relief organizations to provide aid to the Caribbean nation.

“Right now, Port-au-Prince is living in a bubble. There is no road access or exit. Flying in is a very tough process. A challenge is getting in and out by sea, Bauer said Monday to the human rights subcommittee of the European Parliament.

“This nation needs security. Right now, security is the main issue. But we also have to make sure that, in addition to bringing security, everything we do has a significant humanitarian component. “.

In recent days, the UN, US, and Canadian embassies have all withdrew their staff due to the political impasse resulting from the violence.

Deploying a police force led by Kenya to assist in preserving security in Haiti is another initiative being pushed by the international community.

According to Vedant Patel, a spokesman for the US Department of State, the transitional council for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is almost finalized.

“We think that the formation of this council will contribute to the opening of paths for free and fair elections as well as the deployment of the multinational security support mission,” Patel stated to reporters.

To get dozens of US citizens out of Haiti, the State Department has scheduled flights. According to Patel, the limited number of available commercial flights out of the nation prompted the creation of the evacuation plan.

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