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    Police stand guard as Haitians gather in front of the US Embassy in Port-au-Prince during a sit-in to express their dissatisfaction with the recent remarks that have been made about Haiti by US President Donald Trump.

    Gunfire Breaks Out Near Rear Entrance of US Embassy in Haiti

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    The US embassy is located in Port-au-Prince, the island's capital city which is situated in the center of the island nation.

    The US Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs has reported via Twitter about gunfire “coming from the rear entrance to the Embassy”, urging people travelling to the facility to take shelter.

    The embassy's twitter account has so far not provided any information regarding the shooting.

    There are also no details as to whether anyone was wounded in the shooting.

    It is also unclear if the diplomatic facility was targeted by the shooting.

    Haiti has faced a wave of riots recently with people taking to the streets to protest against poor living conditions.

    Being one of the poorest states in the world, Haiti has been suffering from instability and struggled to recover following a devastating 2010 earthquake, which resulted in a humanitarian catastrophe and led to the deaths of up to 300,000 people.

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