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MSF shuts hospital in Haiti over gang violence

Medical charity Doctors Without Borders says gang violence in Haiti's capital has forced the temporary closure of its hospital in Port-au-Prince.

It said that patients and staff at its facility in the Cité Soleil district had been put at risk.

Haitians looking for treatment had become collateral victims of warfare just metres from the hospital, it said.

Gang violence and kidnappings in Haiti have risen sharply since President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in 2021.

The Caribbean nation has been facing a growing economic crisis.

The charity, commonly known by its French abbreviation MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières), made the move after heavily armed gangs expanded their territory to new areas in Port-au-Prince and nearby towns.

Several schools have also closed as kidnappings increase.

Earlier this year, an MSF-backed public hospital located south of the capital also closed after a patient was killed by a bullet as he left the emergency room.

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