Deaths mount as gangwar in Haiti continues

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Deaths mount as gangwar in Haiti continues

A war between Haitian gangs which has left hundreds dead since it flared up three weeks ago has spread to the centre of the capital, Port-au-Prince.

Gang members engaged in a fierce gun battle with each other and with police on Wednesday.

The city’s temporary cathedral caught fire amid the fighting.

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It is not yet known how many people were killed in this latest battle but UN figures suggest more than 200 died between 8 and 17 July.

Previously, the focal points of the battle between the G9 criminal alliance and a rival alliance calling itself G-Pèp had centred around the impoverished neighbourhood of Cité Soleil. But on Wednesday, video showed police confronting gang members not far from the presidential palace.

While Port-au-Prince has long suffered from gang violence, the war between G9 and G-Pèp has raised it to new levels.

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