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US Warns Against All Travel To Haiti

The United States on Thursday warned its citizens to avoid all travel to Haiti due to a surge in crime, including a risk of kidnapping.

The State Department raised its travel alert to the highest possible level for the poorest country in the Americas, which is in the throes of both a political and security crisis.

"Violent crime, such as armed robbery and carjacking, is common. Kidnapping is widespread," the State Department said.

"Kidnappers may use sophisticated planning or take advantage of unplanned opportunities," it said.

It warned as well of the risk of violent demonstrations and said that Haitian emergency services such as ambulances are "limited or non-existent."

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