US Embassy in Haiti urges Americans to remain sheltered in place amid violence

US Embassy in Haiti urges Americans to remain sheltered in place amid violence
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The State Department on Sunday encouraged U.S. citizens in Haiti to shelter in place amid ongoing violent protests near Port au Prince.

The U.S. Embassy in Haiti issued a notice that U.S. citizens should not leave their hotels or homes until further notice because of ongoing roadblocks and violence in response to a government-ordered fuel price hike.

"Do not travel to the airport unless you confirmed your flight is departing," the State Department warned. "Flights are cancelled today and the airport has limited food and water available.  Telecommunications services, including Internet and phone lines, have been affected throughout Haiti.  It may be difficult to reach people through normal communication methods."  

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"We express our deepest condolences to all those affected by this event. We are closely monitoring the situation and remain in close contact with Haitian authorities to verify the welfare and whereabouts of U.S. citizens in the area," the department added in a statement.

The embassy first issued a shelter in place warning on Saturday as demonstrations erupted across the island.

CNN reported roughly 120 Americans and 100 Haitians are lodging at a Port-au-Prince hotel where protesters tried to set the building on fire and get past security.

There have been no reports that U.S. citizens were injured in the violence, CNN reported.