Haiti – FLASH : Military confrontation at the border at least 7 victims
Saturday, Dominican soldiers have repelled in confused circumstances, “an attack” of Haitians at the border post of Carrizal, Elias Piña, a cement truck could be the cause of this serious incident.
According to the report of the specialized body of land border security (CESFRONT), Haitians have attacked the soldiers in service in Carrizal, who have called reinforcements in front of the number of Haitians “CESFRONT members arrived on the scene, were welcomed by long and short arms firing, as well as throwing stones and tear gas,” says the report. What prompted a response from the Dominican military “We repelled the aggression and we inform our superiors that they send more reinforcements, because the number of Haitians exceeded that of the military forces responsible for the surveillance of the zone.”
During the shooting, at least 6 Haitians and a Dominican soldier were wounded.
The report indicates that after the return to calm, the Haitian and Dominican authorities met in the afternoon, without knowing what it says or what really happened.
Following this border incident, Jean Marie Reynaldo Brunet, the resigning Minister of the Interior, was sent Saturday afternoon on the border in the Commune of Belladère by the Head of State, explaining, the President Moïse “[…] was anxious to ensure the safety of the people of the area and good care of the victims and he also wanted a preliminary investigation into the incident […]”
According to the version of the Minister Brunet from testimonies gathered, “Dominican soldiers would have fired at the level of men in response to shots made by a Haitian citizen” Six Haitians were shot by the Dominican soldiers and led to the Hospital Center of Mirebalais. Brunet said and reassured “the vital prognoses of these people are not engaged. He also said he asked the Dominican Embassy in Haiti to explain the regrettable incident.
For his part Jovenel Moïse said “I regret the incidents that occurred on the border in Belladère, following a territorial violation, during which compatriots were injured […] I ask the people of Belladère to keep calm and his serenity. Instructions have been given to the competent authorities to accompany victims and border residents in general.”