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Armed group sets fire to police station in Haiti

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Port-au-Prince, Aug 30 (Prensa Latina) The armed group Grand Ravine, led by Ti Lapli, set fire in the early hours this morning to the police sub-station of Savane Pistache, in the south of the Haitian capital.

In a video which he later shared on social networks, he expressed his joy for the act, which occurs a few days after a police operation in the area.

In the images, tires can be seen burning inside the building and the cheers of gang members can be heard.

The gang has been trying to control the area for weeks and in this month alone, more than 5,000 people have had to leave their homes, while at least 54 have been killed, according to a report by the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights .

Last Saturday the police announced that as a result of an operation a dozen alleged gang members were killed and weapons and ammunition were recovered.

It also assured that they are working to allow thousands of internally displaced persons to return to their homes.

Violence in Haiti worsened after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse two years ago, and while the police admit that they do not have the necessary resources to deal with the gangs.

In view of the situation, the Government requested the deployment of foreign troops to fight the armed groups and the Director General of the Police, Franz Elbé, pointed out that this force will not replace the existing one, but will reinforce its actions.

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