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U.S. warns Americans to leave Haiti as security crisis worsens and hostages remain captive

 Hundreds of Haitians fleeing the violent gang takeover of their communities take refuge in a sports center-turned-shelter in Port-au-Prince Haiti this month
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Hundreds of Haitians fleeing the violent gang takeover of their communities take refuge in a sports center-turned-shelter in Port-au-Prince Haiti this month.

The Biden administration is urging U.S. citizens in Haiti “to strongly consider returning to the United States” amid a gang-aggravated fuel shortage and a deteriorating security climate in which 17 Christian missionaries, including 16 Americans, have been held hostage more than three weeks.

The message in a Friday security alert from the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince came as Haiti’s commercial banks and other businesses announced reduced hours starting this week, grocery store owners warned of coming food shortages and the United Nations encouraged employees to stock up on emergency supplies of water, food and other essential items.

“The U.N. can confirm that a message was sent to all U.N. staff on 28 October strongly advising them, due to the prevailing security and fuel situation, to stock at least 14 days of emergency supplies of water, food and necessities,” Daniel Dickinson, a spokesperson for the U.N.’s political office in Port-au-Prince, said. “This advice is in line with the U.N.’s security and contingency planning.”

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.