US reports gunfire near Haiti embassy

The US embassy in Haiti reported gunfire on April 29, 2019 near its diplomatic compound.
The US embassy in Haiti reported gunfire on April 29, 2019 near its diplomatic compound.PHOTO: AFP

PORT-AU-PRINCE (AFP) - The US embassy in Haiti reported gunfire on Monday (April 29) near its diplomatic compound but said the incident was quickly over.

In a travel alert, the US State Department said gunfire had come from the "rear entrance to the embassy" in Port-au-Prince and that staff had taken shelter inside.

"If you are travelling to the embassy, find a safe area to shelter," it wrote on Twitter.

Some two hours later, the State Department said the situation has been "resolved" with the order to take shelter lifted. Officials did not immediately have further details.

Haiti, one of the world's poorest countries, witnessed widespread riots in February when thousands of people took to the streets demanding better living conditions.

President Jovenel Moise earlier this month appointed a new prime minister to tackle mounting problems, including insecurity in the capital.