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Haiti gangs attempt to seize airport

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Armed gangs attempted to seize control of Haiti’s Port-au-Prince airport, prompting a military response to safeguard the facility

Haiti gangs attempt to seize airport

Gangs seek to prevent Prime Minister Ariel Henry’s return, demanding his resignation amid escalating violence.

Henry’s absence led to a surge in gang attacks, including assaults on police stations and prison breakouts.

The airport holds strategic importance in the gangs’ efforts to thwart Henry’s return.

Gang leader Jimmy “Barbecue” Chérizier has been a vocal opponent of Henry since his appointment in 2021.

Haiti faces a power vacuum after the assassination of President Moïse, fostering an environment for gang dominance.