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MSF closes emergency clinic in Haiti

Medical charity Doctors Without Borders has permanently closed its hospital in Port-au-Prince due to gang violence, it said in a statement Monday.

"Unable to guarantee the safety of its staff and patients, and wanting to draw attention to the unbearable situation in Martissant, MSF is forced to close its doors after 15 years of presence in the area," the NGO said.

It said it has not had time to remove its logos from the building, and that it declines "any responsibility for what might happen in the former buildings of the Emergency Center."

For the last two months, armed gangs have been fighting for control of Martissant, with the area effectively under siege.

Police had already abandoned the neighborhood after the local station was attacked by the gangs when the violence broke out in early June.

The emergency clinic had been operating for 15 years and served a community of some 300,000 people, the aid group said

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