The Sunday Review

According to a State Department spokesperson and a senior US official a US Embassy convoy was attacked in Haiti Monday.

According to the official, a Haitian driver was slightly hurt but no Embassy staff were injured.

“Armed individuals fired shots at the Haitian National Police vehicles, US Embassy vehicles, and Haitian commercial vehicles this morning,” The spokesperson for the State Department said that.

“No embassy personnel were injured,” They agreed. “One Haitian commercial driver accompanying the convoy was injured with non-life-threatening injuries.”

“We do not have any additional information at this time,” According to the spokesperson.

Unidentified security sources in Haiti confirmed Monday that the 400 Mawozo gang attacked an American embassy convoy.

The attack is the latest incident in a country overtaken by violent gangs and comes a year after the nation’s serving President Jovenel Moise was murdered. Port-au-Prince saw gang fights that left whole communities engulfed. This resulted in thousands fleeing their homes and causing fear in others.

Eric Jean Baptiste, a Haitian politician, was shot to death outside his home. In the last five months, more than 3,000 Haitians have been displaced in the capital by gang violence, according to the United Nations International Organization for Migration.

According to the IOM, more than 113,000 people were internally relocated from Port-au-Prince in June and August, with almost 90,000 of these due to climate change. “urban violence linked to inter-gang, gang-police, and social conflicts.”

Criminals still control or influence parts of the country’s most populous city, and kidnappings for ransom threaten residents’ day-to-day movements. In recent weeks, demonstrators in several cities called for Prime Minister Ariel Henry’s resignation in the face of high fuel prices, soaring inflation and unchecked crime.

Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary General, condemned what he called an “anabolic” act. “absolutely nightmarish situation” Gangs in Haiti are blocking fuel and other materials movement in Port-au-Prince harbour. There is a humanitarian crisis in the country, and a cholera epidemic has left many people dead.

Guterres asked the international community for assistance in addressing the country’s growing security and humanitarian crisis.

Officials of the Biden administration are in contact with “capitals around the world to discuss the potential for a mission endorsed by the UN Security Council under Chapter VII,” Ned Price, spokesperson for the State Department, stated last week that it was not clear what mission would be created.

“The status quo remains untenable. It remains untenable for the Haitian people. We hope to see continued improvement in the humanitarian situation. The actions of the Haitian National Police may lead to further improvements. But there continue to be longer-term challenges that an enabling force authorized by the UN Security Council would be able to help address,” Price not stated.