Armed men stormed into hospital in a suburb of its capital Haitiof Port-au-Prince, they took a patient out and murdered himthe non-governmental organization complained yesterday Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières, MSF), emphasizing that its members are “shocked” by this “barbarity”.
The tragic incident unfolded on Sunday at the Raoul Pierre Louis hospital in Carrefour, a southern suburb of the Haitian capital, the NGO said.
“In the emergency unit supported by Doctors Without Borders, men equipped with pistols grabbed a patient and executed him in cold blood at the exit of the hospitalMSF reports.
No details are known about the victim or the perpetrators. A Haitian police representative could not be reached for comment.
“This is the first time we have recorded such an incident, armed men breaking into one of our centers to commit such a crime,” Alexandre Michel, MSF’s public relations officer, told AFP.
Michel recalled that a man was recently killed by a bullet near one of the NGO’s facilities, not far from Cite Soleil, the most neglected and populated in the metropolitan area of the Haitian capital, which led to the temporary closure of the health center.
“We invite him to show off respect for our medical missions, to the wounded, to the nursing staff, to the reception structures and also to the ambulances that transport the wounded,” he added.
“If a similar incident like the one that happened on August 14 is repeated, we will be forced to close our center to assess the situation,” he said.
As APE-MPE reminds, in June 2021, a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Martissan, in the southern region of Port-au-Prince, a zone where rival gangs are fighting, was the target of fire. Two months later, the organization announced the closure of this center after 15 years due to insecurity. The hospital has since relocated to downtown Port-au-Prince.
Haiti has been mired in both a political crisis and a security crisis for years and beyond assassination of President Jovenel Moise in 2021 the situation worsened further.
Armed gangs operate with near-total impunity and violence continues to escalate in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
Source: News Beast