US and Canada Deliver Armed Vehicles to Haitian Police

US and Canadian military aircraft on Saturday (10/15) delivered armored tactical vehicles and other supplies to the Haiti National Police (PNH) to help root out criminal gangs that have exacerbated the humanitarian crisis in Haiti.

“This tool will help the PNH combat violent criminal actors and disrupt the flow of much-needed humanitarian assistance, thereby hampering efforts to halt the spread of cholera,” the U.S. and Canadian governments said in a joint statement.

The United States and Canada took steps to deliver the device, which was purchased by the Haitian government, as their companies faced shipping delays, a Department of Health spokeswoman said. State. He added that the United States would continue its efforts to strengthen the Haitian police.

People run after clashes erupted during protests against rising fuel prices and demanding the resignation of Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. (Photo: AP)

Haitians are starving as gangs blockade a major oil terminal, UN officials said on Friday. Over 4 million people face acute food shortages.

A coalition of gangs blocked the distribution of diesel and gasoline for more than a month in protest against plans to cut fuel subsidies. Many transports have stopped. Looting and shootings between gangs have also become more frequent.

The UN Security Council is considering sanctions to freeze assets, ban travel and an arms embargo against anyone who threatens Haiti’s peace, security or stability, according to a draft resolution seen by Reuters on Thursday. [vm/ft]

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