Haiti closes main airport after assassination of president

The Toussaint Louverture International Airport, Haiti’s main airport, has been closed after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise. This is reported on Wednesday, July 7, by the local newspaper Diario Libre.

According to the newspaper, several regular flights to the airport have been canceled or diverted to other terminals in third countries. However, at the moment, no official body has confirmed the closure of the airport.

However, two airlines operating daily flights to Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, canceled their flights that were scheduled to take place on Wednesday.

In addition, the publication notes that the Dominican Republic has closed its border with Haiti. President Luis Abinader ordered the closure of all four border points, as well as increased surveillance in the area.

The president of Haiti, who has led the state since 2017, was fatally wounded in an attack by unknown assailants on his residence earlier in the day. It is specified that the attack on Moise’s residence was carried out by a group of unknown assailants on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday.

News portal Juno7 specified that the situation in the country is under the control of the Haitian National Police and the armed forces of Haiti. The authorities are taking all necessary measures to guarantee the continuity of the state and protect the nation, the story said.