Heavy Gunfire Erupts Near Haiti’s National Palace in Port-au-Prince

Heavy Gunfire Erupts Near Haiti's National Palace in Port-au-Prince

Port-Au-Prince, The Gulf Observer: Reports of heavy gunfire near Haiti’s national palace in the capital city of Port-au-Prince emerged on Friday, intensifying the political turmoil that has gripped the nation. The situation has unfolded in the wake of Prime Minister Ariel Henry’s absence, contributing to a state of emergency declared in Haiti last Sunday.

As the political crisis deepened, armed clashes escalated, leading to the brazen escape of inmates from prisons and the displacement of over ten thousand people. Prime Minister Henry, during this tumultuous period, was in Kenya, negotiating for an international force to combat the rampant gang violence plaguing Haiti.

The United States, in response to the unfolding crisis, has called for an expedited political transition in Haiti, with armed gangs actively seeking the removal of Prime Minister Ariel Henry from office. The absence of clear leadership amid the political vacuum has heightened tensions and instability in the nation.

Haiti’s unelected interim leader, Prime Minister Ariel Henry, landed in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico on Tuesday, raising questions about the immediate course of action and the government’s ability to address the pressing challenges facing the nation.

The ongoing developments underscore the urgent need for a coordinated and swift response to restore stability in Haiti. The international community closely watches the situation as Haiti grapples with political uncertainty and increasing violence.