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Armed gangs block access to oil terminals in Haiti

Armed gangs block access to oil terminals in Haiti

Port-au-Prince, Oct 26 (Prensa Latina) The Varreaux terminal, which processes 70 percent of Haiti's fuel, continues to be blocked by armed groups, a practice that has become common in recent weeks in the midst of an intense fuel crisis.
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Despite the Government’s announcement about the establishment of a security corridor on the Varreux / Martissant 23 axis to facilitate the free movement of tanker trucks, the drivers of oil trucks have been unable to obtain their payload and the workers of the terminal itself have been unable to access their jobs.

‘We don’t even have access to the terminal. The roads leading to the terminal are still blocked,’ a Varreaux official told Le Nouvelliste, confirming that tanker trucks have not been allowed to leave the terminal since Sunday.

The enclave currently holds about 25 thousand barrels of gasoline and over 50 thousand barrels of diesel, which, according to experts, allows the country to operate normally for three days.

Another shipment of oil is waiting at the port, but could not yet be unloaded due to the security situation.

‘The first thing to do is to unblock the area so that the trucks can pass. Then there is always the risk that armed people will open fire on the trucks … But this risk always existed,’ the source told the newspaper.

The leader of the Micanord gang, demanded on Monday 50 million gourdes (about 500 thousand dollars) from the government to allow the passage of tanker trucks.

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