Airlines cancel flights to Haiti amid violent protests over gas prices

Burned cars in a hotel parking lot in Port-au Prince after protesters set them on fire during a demonstration against the government's attempt to raise fuel prices a move it later suspended

The missive - sent to all American State Department employees in Haiti - came as a crisis unfolded in Port-au-Prince.

Haiti's Commerce and Economic ministries announced on Friday that it would lower fuel subsidies in a bid to generate more government revenue, which translated to a 38 percent jump for gasoline and 47 percent for diesel.

There are no reports of U.S. citizens in Haiti being injured, the embassy said.

The Haitian government suspended a fuel price hike Saturday after widespread violence broke out across the capital and in the northern city of Cap-Haitien.

American Airlines resumed some flights to the Haiti on Sunday after halting travel to the island due to the protests. It noted that many flights were cancelled and said, "The airport has limited food and water available". The friend called him to say that the road ahead was filled with similar impromptu "checkpoints", McFarlin said.

"If there is no response within two hours, the government will be considered as having resigned" and the legislature will take charge, said Gary Bodeau, the president of the Chamber of Deputies.

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"They had to go through several barricades, they're covered in ash and soot because of all the burning going on there", she said, adding that the group was able to book another flight on Monday. Protesters also set fire to a tax office in the Tabarre area of the capital.

Jody Flowers - the lead minister from Chapin United Methodist Church, in SC - told CNN Sunday that 13 members of his church were supposed to leave Haiti on Saturday but their departure date was now uncertain.

Chapin United Methodist Church in SC posted online that its mission team is safe but stranded. "All other Embassy personnel are still under a Shelter in Place order", the U.S. State Department said on Sunday, July 8, via its official Haitian Embassy website.

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.

On Friday night, the bodyguard of an opposition-party politician died in an altercation with demonstrators in central Port-au-Prince as he attempted to get through a roadblock.

According to the Miami Herald, Spirit and JetBlue airlines canceled flights to Haiti Sunday, but a Delta flight from Atlanta landed and departed, and American Airlines operated round-trip flights from Miami and Fort Lauderdale over the weekend.

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