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UN calls for humanitarian corridor for fuel in Haiti

The United Nations is calling for a humanitarian corridor to allow fuel to leave Haiti's main terminal in Port-au-Prince, where an outbreak of cholera and surging gang violence have raised international concern.
 
Armed gangs have blockaded the country's primary fuel entry point for weeks in anger over cuts to government subsidies, and a worsening lack of supplies has pushed health facilities to the brink of collapse.
 
The UN Integrated Office in Haiti on Thursday called for the immediate opening of a humanitarian corridor to allow the release of fuel to meet the urgent needs of the population.
 
Local authorities and international aid groups have raised alarm after Haiti on the weekend reported its first cholera cases in more than three years.
 
Prime Minister Ariel Henry called for international assistance in a national broadcast Wednesday night.  
 
The Haitian public health and population ministry said 11 cases of cholera had been confirmed as of Wednesday evening, while two deaths also occurred at health facilities.


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