Latest Port-au-Prince News

Medical care and supplies are scarce as gang violence chokes Haiti's capital

Apr. 09, 2024 16:27 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Fresh gunfire erupted Tuesday in downtown Port-au-Prince, forcing aid workers to halt urgently needed care for thousands of Haitians. Weeks of gang violence have forced some 18 hospitals to stop working and caused a shortage of medical supplies as...

Haiti police recover hijacked cargo ship in rare victory after 5-hour shootout with gangs

Apr. 09, 2024 00:31 AM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s National Police agency says that it has recovered a hijacked cargo ship laden with rice following a gunbattle with gangs that lasted more than five hours. Two police officers were injured and an undetermined number of gang members were killed...

Gunbattle between Haitian police and gangs paralyzes area near National Palace

Apr. 02, 2024 01:26 AM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Heavy gunfire erupted Monday in the downtown area of Haiti’s capital as police battled gang members near the National Palace for several hours. Local media reported that at least one policeman was shot after he and other officers were forced to flee...

Amid Haiti's spiraling violence, Florida residents worry about family, friends in the island nation

Apr. 01, 2024 16:21 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida residents watching the unfolding unrest in Haiti are expressing concerns for family and friends on the Caribbean island nation, saying they are virtually being held prisoners in their own homes because of the ongoing violence. Cosy Joseph, of Boynton Beach,...

Haiti's transitional council issues its first statement, signaling its creation is nearly complete

Mar. 27, 2024 17:28 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Members of a transitional presidential council who will be responsible for selecting a new prime minister issued their first official statement on Wednesday, pledging to restore “public and democratic order” in Haiti. The statement, although signed...

Hunger deepens as relentless gang violence targets Haiti's capital

Mar. 26, 2024 15:01 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Gangs have intensified their rampage in the downtown area of Haiti’s capital, setting fire to a school and looting pharmacies across the road from the country’s largest public hospital. The attacks that began Monday and continued into early Tuesday...

Death threats and security concerns hinder creation of council that will choose Haiti's next leader

Mar. 25, 2024 22:14 PM EDT

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Fresh turmoil involving a transitional presidential council that will be responsible for choosing Haiti’s new leader triggered a flurry of meetings with Caribbean leaders and officials from the U.S., Canada and France, officials said Monday. The council...

As gangs rampage through Haiti's capital, more than 33,000 people have fled in 13 days, report finds

Mar. 22, 2024 19:54 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — More than 33,000 people have fled Haiti’s capital in a span of nearly two weeks as gangs continue to pillage homes and attack state institutions, according to a new report from the U.N.’s International Organization for Migration. The majority of...

Gangs target peaceful communities in new attacks on Haiti's capital

Mar. 21, 2024 05:43 AM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Armed gangs launched new attacks in the suburbs of Port-au-Prince on Wednesday, with heavy gunfire echoing across once-peaceful communities near the Haitian capital. Associated Press journalists reported seeing at least five bodies in and around the...

DeSantis orders Florida resources to stop Haitian migrants despite no sign of increased activity

Mar. 13, 2024 17:16 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, anticipating what his office called the “possibility for invasion," ordered more than 250 law enforcement officers and soldiers to the Florida Keys on Wednesday to stop Haitian migrants fleeing violence — or nearly two people deployed for...