Haiti: Gang violence prompts hospital evacuation - BBC News

More than 100 patients are safe after clashes broke out near a clinic in the capital's largest slum.

13 hours agoShareclose panelShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, AFP Image caption, Fontaine Hospital Center is a community clinic in the impoverished Port-au-Prince shantytown of Cite Soleil (file image)By Kathryn ArmstrongBBC NewsA hospital in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, has been evacuated by police after nearby gang violence.

More than 100 patients - nearly half of them children - had to be removed from the Fontaine Hospital Center, according to its director Jose Ulysse.

The hospital is in the large shantytown of Cite Soleil, where there have been reports of unrest in recent days following the death of a gang leader.

Haiti is currently in the grip of unprecedented levels of lawlessness.

"There was a gang war, but the war is around the hospital," Mr Ulysse told AFP news agency, clarifying an earlier report that gangs had entered the hospital and taken people hostage.


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