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Police reclaim Haiti fuel terminal

Security forces in Haiti have taken control of a major fuel depot held by criminal gangs.

The government says fuel distribution will resume on Monday from the Varreux terminal, in the Cité Soleil area.

The BBC reports that the gangs known as G9 seized the port facility which supplies most of the oil products in Haiti in September, blocked the delivery of imported fuel and efforts to distribute food and medicines to citizens.

The blockade was said to have caused hardship to the citizens; including civil unrest across the country.

In a statement, Prime Minister Henry congratulated the police for the feat.

Reports indicate that the police operation follows a recent warning from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Voker Türk that a “protracted, multifaceted crisis” in Haiti could descend into the country’s worst humanitarian emergency in decades.

The UN has also appealed to countries to suspend the repatriation of migrants to Haiti.

Writing by Annabel Nwachukwu