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UN Investigators say at least 26 people were killed in La Saline

June 22, 2019

 

A U.N. report has found at least 26 people were killed during a 2018 massacre in the La Saline neighborhood, at which several members of the police and a government representative were allegedly present.

 

Over two days, five armed gangs carried out planned attacks on residents in La Saline in Port-au-Prince, according to the report, which was published on Friday.

 

The youngest victim of the violence was just 10 months old and the oldest 72 years, the document reported. It said two gang rapes took place and 12 people are still missing.

 

“The testimonies recorded suggest that the number of victims of the attacks of 13 and 14 November 2018 could be higher,” said the report from the U.N. Mission in Haiti and the High Commission for Human Rights.

 

Human rights organizations in the country have put the toll at 71 dead and counted 11 gang rapes.

 

The report said victims and their relatives identified the presence of local official Richard Duplan and three police officers in La Saline during the violence.

 

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