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Doctors Without Borders clinic closes in Haiti's capital amid rising gang violence

Men walk past a flaming barricade after violence broke out and hundreds of workers fled the area when demonstration near the home town of late President Jovenel Moise grew violent, ahead of his funeral in Quartier Morin, a districto of Cap Haitien, in northern Haiti, Wednesday, July 21, 2021 (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix) 
Associated Press Reporter

Gang violence that has left more than 19,000 people homeless in Haiti’s capital has now forced a Doctors Without Borders clinic to close, officials said.

The emergency clinic in the Martissant neighbourhood of Port-au-Prince had been operating for 15 years and served a community of some 300,000 people, the aid group said in a statement.

The clinic recently cared for dozens of gunshot victims, including multiple civilians, as gangs in Martissant battled over territory.

Last year, it admitted more than 33,000 people into its emergency room.

Doctors Without Borders said it would try to relocate its clinic elsewhere in Port-au-Prince.

The announcement is a blow to a community largely lacking medical resources.

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