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UN warns that lives could be lost as gang violence surges in Haiti and impacts fuel deliveries

Rodrigo Abd
Haitians erect burning street barricades in Port-au-Prince to protest a new surge of ransom kidnappings by gangs and the police's inability to stop them.

An ongoing fuel crisis in Haiti, where 16 kidnapped Americans and one Canadian remain in the hands of a notorious armed gang, is likely to lead to a loss of lives if fuel doesn’t arrived at hospitals and health clinics by Tuesday, the United Nations is warning.

Hospitals over the weekend began refusing admissions and shortening the stay of patients over the lack of fuel. In a communique, an association of private hospitals warns that if a humanitarian corridor isn’t quickly established to allow for fuel deliveries some facilities will have no choice but to start closing their doors as of Monday.

“Lives are likely to be lost in Haiti if fuel deliveries do not reach hospitals immediately,” said Pierre Honnorat, the interim UN humanitarian coordinator in Haiti.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.