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7:52 p.m. ET, July 7, 2021

What we cognize astir the assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moise

From CNN's Samantha Beech

Security forces behaviour   an probe  arsenic  a worker  stands defender  astatine  the entranceway  to the residence of Haitian President Jovenel Moise, successful  Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, July 7.Security forces behaviour an probe arsenic a worker stands defender astatine the entranceway to the residence of Haitian President Jovenel Moise, successful Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, July 7. Joseph Odelyn/AP

Haiti's President Jovenel Moise was killed successful an onslaught astatine his residence aft a radical of unidentified individuals stormed his location astatine astir 1 a.m. local time.

The country's acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph said the president was killed successful a "highly coordinated onslaught by a highly trained and heavy equipped group."

Here's what other we know:

  • Haitian archetypal woman Martine Moise was changeable and injured successful the attack, and has been taken to Miami for treatment. Her information is described arsenic unchangeable but critical. 
  • The attackers person not been caught and nary 1 has claimed responsibility, but the Haitian ambassador to the US, Bocchit Edmond, said the killers were "well-trained" and believed to beryllium “mercenaries."
  • The US denies that attackers were Drug Enforcement Administration agents, after video from the country showed the attackers presenting themselves arsenic such. 
  • World leaders person condemned the assassination and are calling for unity successful the aftermath of the attack, with the UN Security Council expected to conscionable Thursday.
  • Haiti has declared a "state-of-siege" for the adjacent 15 days, which means each borders are closed and martial instrumentality is temporarily imposed, with Haiti’s subject and the Haiti National Police (HNP) empowered to enforce the law.  
  • Two weeks of nationalist mourning has been called for successful tribute to Moise, which scheduled to commencement Thursday and extremity connected July 22.
  • The onslaught comes amid a backdrop of governmental instability, with galore cardinal roles successful the country’s authorities already bare and the parliament efficaciously defunct. The country’s absorption question has agelong called for Moise to resign.
  • The aboriginal enactment of the state is not yet clear. Moise had conscionable named a caller premier minister, neurosurgeon Ariel Henry, connected July 5. However, it is his predecessor -- acting premier curate Claude Joseph — who has assumed power of the state successful the aftermath of the president’s death.
  • Criminal unit escalated successful the superior metropolis Port-au-Prince successful the period of June, including attacks connected constabulary and arson of civilian homes. More than 10,000 radical person fled to impermanent shelters. The state was besides rocked by a question of kidnappings earlier this year.
  • Covid-19 is besides connected the emergence successful Haiti, with its highest decease toll yet reported successful June. Pan American Health Organization Director Carissa F. Etienne past period called connected the planetary assemblage to “urgently” assistance the state successful combating the virus.
  • Haiti is heading toward elections and a controversial law referendum successful September. The referendum had been championed by Moise arsenic an accidental to fortify the Haitian presidency.
7:19 p.m. ET, July 7, 2021

Amnesty International calls for probe into president's sidesplitting and quality rights violations

From CNN's Natalie Gallón

Amnesty International has called for investigations into the sidesplitting of the Haitian president and the alleged "grave quality rights violations" nether his watch.  

The radical called the assassination and the shooting of the Haitian archetypal lady, "a shocking indicator of the superior quality rights and governmental situation that Haiti has been facing for years."

In a statement, Amnesty said it is acrophobic astir the imaginable escalation of unit successful coming days and volition beryllium cautiously monitoring immoderate imaginable protests that ensue, attacks against quality rights defenders, and attacks against mean Haitians.

The enactment called connected the Haitian authorities to enactment quality rights astatine the halfway of their effect to the governmental crisis.

The Americas manager astatine Amnesty International Erika Guevara-Rosassaid said “the sidesplitting of President Jovenel Moïse indispensable beryllium instantly and impartially investigated alongside the sedate quality rights violations and chronic impunity that mean radical person suffered nether his watch." 

“This is simply a wake-up telephone for the planetary community, and for the Haitian authorities who person overseen chronic impunity and ignored the calls of quality rights defenders that has paved the mode for specified a superior crisis,” she said.

Amnesty International besides called connected the planetary assemblage to supply each assistance to the state to find ways to de-escalate unit and supply quality rights protection, including for journalists and quality rights defenders.

In May, the Biden administration granted humanitarian extortion for immoderate Haitians in the United States, allowing an estimated 100,000 radical to use to stay lawfully successful the country.

7:08 p.m. ET, July 7, 2021

Haiti's ambassador to the US says Moise's sidesplitting was "politically motivated"

From CNN's Mitchell McCluskey

 Haitian ambassador to the US Bocchit Edmond Haitian ambassador to the US Bocchit Edmond (CNN)

The assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise was carried retired by “professional killers” who whitethorn inactive beryllium successful the country, the Haitian ambassador to the US Bocchit Edmond told CNN Wednesday evening.

“We tin accidental for definite they were nonrecreational killers. It was a well-orchestrated onslaught against the president,” Edmond said.

Edmond said the motivations of the assassins are unclear, but helium believes it was a politically motivated killing.

“I privation I had known the information of the sidesplitting but I bash judge the president was killed for his beliefs, for his policies, for his reforms,” Edmond said. “Unfortunately successful Haitian authorities truthful acold we are not capable to find a mode to sermon our governmental disagreements successful a peaceful manner.”

The assassins presented themselves arsenic DEA agents, Edmond said, and are believed to beryllium from extracurricular of Haiti.

The US State Department has denied the attackers were DEA agents. Speaking to reporters Wednesday, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said those claims were “absolutely false."

“I judge from the preliminary accusation they are foreigners surely helped by immoderate section accomplices,” Edmond said. “They whitethorn beryllium inactive successful Haiti, the nationalist constabulary has started a manhunt to way them down.”

“We volition enactment each indispensable resources to marque definite we apprehend them,” Edmond added.

Edmond said Haiti’s archetypal woman Martine Moise, who was changeable and injured successful the attack, was evacuated to Miami wherever she is being treated.

“We anticipation the doctors volition find a mode to prevention her life,” Edmond said, “We support her successful our prayers.”

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5:08 p.m. ET, July 7, 2021

Haiti declares 2 weeks of nationalist mourning pursuing president's assassination

From CNN's Etant Dupain and Tatiana Arias

Haiti's acting Prime Minister Claude JosephHaiti's acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph (Primature de la République d'Haïti)

Haiti has declared a two-week play of nationalist mourning pursuing the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.

The tribute to Moise is scheduled to commencement Thursday and extremity connected July 22, according to an authoritative decree published Wednesday.

The decree besides elaborate the "state of siege" which has been declared successful Haiti for a play of 15 days pursuing the assassination.

Haiti's acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph has assumed enactment of the state successful the contiguous aftermath of the onslaught and earlier declared the "state of siege" aft a assembly of ministers gathering Wednesday morning.  

“I telephone connected everyone to enactment calm and I americium precise atrocious to study to you the decease of the president. Me and each the ministers person been moving since the quality broke and we privation to guarantee you we volition bring the killers of the president to justice. Please enactment calm and fto the authorities bash their work. We don’t privation the state to plunge into chaos. This is simply a precise bittersweet time for our federation and for our people,” Joseph said.

More context: Under Haitian law, determination are 3 levels of emergency, starting with a “state of emergency,” followed by a “state of siege”, and yet the highest level of emergency, which is the “state of war.”  

A state-of-siege means each borders are closed and martial instrumentality is temporarily imposed, with Haiti’s subject and the Haiti National Police (HNP) empowered to enforce the law.   

4:47 p.m. ET, July 7, 2021

Haitian ambassador to the US says aboriginal enactment unclear aft president's assassination

From CNN's Caitlin Hu

 Haitian ambassador to the US Bocchit Edmond Haitian ambassador to the US Bocchit Edmond (CNN)

The aboriginal enactment of Haiti is not yet clear, the Haitian ambassador to the US Bocchit Edmond told CNN, pursuing the overnight assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.

Haiti's acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph has assumed enactment of the state successful the contiguous aftermath of the attack. He has declared a "state of siege" successful Haiti, saying helium did not privation the federation to "plunge into chaos."

Edmond said helium doesn't cognize if determination is simply a timeline oregon deadline for a ceremonial announcement of succession.

"I volition fto that to the Haitian authorities and treatment with civilian nine stakeholders to spot however they tin determination guardant with that. So I cannot, I cannot marque an estimation connected that, but that I cognize determination has been, determination is an interim government, oregon has to power the concern and to marque definite that everything's nether control," helium said.

Haiti's president of the Supreme Court would usually beryllium adjacent successful line, but that presumption is presently bare since its holder, René Sylvestre, recently died of Covid-19. His ceremonial was owed to instrumentality spot Wednesday.

The president of the National Association of Haitian Judges Judge Jean Wilner Morin told CNN that for Joseph to formally regenerate the president, helium would person to beryllium approved by Haiti's parliament. But the parliament is presently partially bare and efficaciously defunct.

Complicating the enactment of succession adjacent further, Moise had appointed different premier minister, Dr. Ariel Henry, conscionable 2 days ago.

Edmond couldn't accidental if Henry volition stay successful his relation arsenic caller premier minister. He besides said it's not wide if the statesmanlike and section elections expected to instrumentality spot successful September volition spell ahead.

"I cannot archer you thing close present due to the fact that I fto the authorization (in Haiti) to settee down, to marque definite that everything is successful place. So, it volition beryllium capable to beryllium carried out, but for I cannot archer you anything," Edmond said.

Edmond besides said helium wasn't alert of immoderate circumstantial menace to the president's beingness up of the assassination.

"But what I tin notation you to, I tin notation you to the past interrogation helium gave successful January to successful Spanish newspaper, wherever helium said that a batch of radical privation him killed. For his reforms. That's the lone happening I tin archer you," helium said.

More details: Edmond added Haiti has formally requested assistance from the US and is waiting for a response.

"We've been talking with US authorities astir this situation. And it's being considered, I don't cognize precisely however they are considering it, but we did petition formally assistance from the United States, 1 with the investigation, and secondly with the information situation," helium said.

Edmond said the UN Security Council is expected to conscionable connected the concern successful Haiti connected Thursday.

"Hopefully, the UN volition instrumentality much bold actions to fortify our security. Because it's truly a occupation for america now," helium said.  

3:49 p.m. ET, July 7, 2021

US urges Haiti to bring president's killers to justice

From CNN's Jennifer Hansler, Christian Sierra and Michael Conte 

A Haitian constabulary  serviceman  stands defender  extracurricular  of the statesmanlike  residence connected  July 7,  successful  Port-au-Prince, Haiti. A Haitian constabulary serviceman stands defender extracurricular of the statesmanlike residence connected July 7, successful Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Valerie Baeriswl/AFP/Getty Images

The United States has again condemned the assassination of President Jovenel Moise and urged Haiti to bring the attackers to justice.

US State Department spokesperson Ned Price reiterated the United States’ condemnation of the onslaught that near the president dormant and the archetypal woman injured. 

“We widen our deepest condolences to President Moise's household and his loved ones and to the radical of Haiti, successful the midst of this tragedy,” helium said.

Price said Secretary of State Antony Blinken was briefed connected the assassination and the information concern successful Haiti. He added that the Department has been successful regular interaction with acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph.  

He said the US Ambassador to Haiti Michele Sison has been successful regular interaction with a scope of Haitian officials.

“Secretary Blinken started his time this greeting with a broad update connected the concern connected the ground, including the latest developments arsenic we knew them astatine the time, the information situation. He was briefed by Ambassador Sison, who astatine this infinitesimal happens to beryllium successful Washington,” helium said astatine a press briefing Wednesday.

“He was besides connected the telephone with the DCM (Deputy Chief of Mission) who is connected the crushed successful Haiti close now, DCM Nicole Theriot, arsenic good arsenic different members of his team. So we are prepared to person further requests for assistance from Haitian authorities.”

Price called connected each governmental parties, civilian nine groups, and stakeholders to echo the telephone for calm from acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph.  

“Those who question to execute their governmental goals done unit and by subverting the regularisation of instrumentality volition not win successful thwarting the Haitian people, and their tendency for a better, for a brighter future. We impulse Haitian authorities to bring those liable to justice,” Price said.

3:30 p.m. ET, July 7, 2021

US State Department says proposition attackers were DEA agents is "absolutely false"

From CNN's Jennifer Hansler and Christian Sierra 

State Department spokesperson Ned PriceState Department spokesperson Ned Price (Pool)

The United States has denied a proposition the attackers who assassinated President Jovenel Moise were Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said those claims were “absolutely false”.

Earlier, the Haitian Ambassador to the US Bocchit Edmond said that video from the country showed the attackers speaking Spanish and said they presented themselves arsenic Drug and Enforcement Administration (DEA) Agents. 

“I judge they are fake DEA agents,” helium told reporters. Edmond added the attackers are believed to beryllium “mercenaries,” referring to them arsenic “well-trained killers.”

Price noted “the Haitian Ambassador himself has dismissed these allegations.”

 “These reports are perfectly false. The United States condemns this heinous act. These mendacious reports are thing much than that, conscionable mendacious reports,” helium said.

2:52 p.m. ET, July 7, 2021

Haitian ambassador to US says attackers who assassinated president are believed to beryllium "mercenaries"

From CNN's Jennifer Hansler 

The attackers who assassinated President Jovenel Moise are believed to beryllium “mercenaries,” Haitian ambassador to the US Bocchit Edmond said, referring to them arsenic “well-trained killers.”

He said video from the country showed them speaking Spanish and said they presented themselves arsenic Drug and Enforcement Administration (DEA) Agents.

“I judge they are fake DEA agents,” helium told reporters Wednesday. Edmond asserted that the attackers were foreigners, but declined to springiness grounds to this beyond citing footage of them speaking Spanish.

“We don't cognize however they came in,” Edmond said, adding that they did not cognize if the attackers were inactive successful the country. He said if they person left, it would beryllium via a onshore borderline with the Dominican Republic due to the fact that Haiti would person detected a level leaving and the airdrome has been closed since the attack. He said the airdrome would reopen “once we person this concern nether control."

He stressed the value of the planetary community’s assistance successful carrying retired an probe and besides pointed to the request for security, specifically saying that they request equipped forces, not section police, to support their borders.

“We request to person equipped forces, due to the fact that our state was created by military, truthful it's precise important to person that and truthful our borders tin beryllium protected, and to person a amended power implicit the borders, due to the fact that it is not acceptable to person the commanders, the overseas commanders, to participate a country, to termination the president, and to permission without immoderate concern,” helium said.

Edmond added, “If the borderline was good protected by the equipped forces, it would person been difficult, due to the fact that the nationalist constabulary doesn't person that ngo to support borders." 

The ambassador said helium had been successful interaction with the White House, State Department and his counterpart, the US ambassador to Haiti.

2:48 p.m. ET, July 7, 2021

The Dominican Republic suspends flights to and from Haiti

From CNN’s Tatiana Arias successful Atlanta and CNNE’s Jessica Hasbun successful Santo Domingo

The Dominican Republic’s formation authorization has suspended “air operations to and from the Republic of Haiti,” according to a connection from the country’s Civil Aviation Board (JAC) obtained by CNN connected Wednesday. 

Following the assassination of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise, JAC President Marte Piantini ordered that each flights, exempting those of Dominican Republic nationals and diplomatic unit seeking to instrumentality from Haiti, beryllium suspended.

Only flights transporting “Dominican Republic nationals and overseas diplomatic unit duly accredited successful the Republic of Haiti," volition beryllium allowed to alert backmost to Santo Domingo’s La Isabela International Airport, which is besides known arsenic the Joaquín Balaguer International Airport.

Those passengers “must contiguous recognition arsenic impervious of their nationality oregon diplomatic status,” the connection added.

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