Violent protests and looting in Port-au-Prince as Haiti gas price uproar continues

Americans trapped in Haiti hotel amid rioting

Haiti suspends fuel price hike after protesters riot

Internet, phone lines and other telecommunications services have been affected in the island and "it may be hard to reach people through normal communication methods", the notice states.

Major protests erupted Friday in Haiti as the government announced a sharp increase in gasoline prices, with demonstrators using burning tires and barricades to block major streets across the capital and in the northern city of Cap-Haitien.

Another mission group from Chapin United Methodist Church in SC posted online that its mission team was safe but stranded. They tried to leave for the airport early Saturday morning but turned back after they encountered protesters.

Kange Makenson, a Haitian man who was protesting in Port-au-Prince, told VOA the people can't even afford basic necessities and the price increase would just make life harder.

MOH said on Facebook that the teams on its Haiti campus "have plenty of food, water, and security, as we continue to monitor the situation carefully". "Our hearts are just broken for the people out there and we're just thankful for our group, which has a lot of love and hope and a desire to help out however they can". "There's still a lot rioting, things like that going on, but I think it's possible that right now some peace might be restored because of the most recent announcement by the prime minister, that he was going to delay things, the price on the gas".

USA officials told tourists and missionaries to shelter in place.

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Additionally, Americans in the country are urged to avoid protests and large gatherings of people, do not travel through roadblocks, and let friends and family know their safe. "Do not attempt to drive through roadblocks", a State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs official said.

Multiple youth groups from churches in the United States have remained stranded in Haiti amid protests in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince following a fuel price hike.

The airline followed through with four of its seven scheduled flights to Haiti, while the other three were canceled.

American Airlines, which had cancelled 10 flights since Saturday, said three of its planes had left Sunday from Port-au-Prince and the northern city of Cap-Haitien bound for Miami and NY.

At the Toussaint Louverture worldwide airport, dozens of stranded travelers camped out waiting for flights to resume, lounging on suitcases.

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