The UN is considering a rapid military deployment in Haiti

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L&rsquo ;UN is considering rapid military deployment in Haiti

A protester holds a piece of wood simulating a rifle during a demonstration for the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry, in Port-au-Prince, October 3, 2022.

The United Nations Security Council was assessing, on Monday, possible measures to come to the aid of Haiti, including the possibility of a rapid military deployment. Haiti is crippled by criminal gangs and a popular uprising that has led to shortages of fuel, water and other essentials.

A UN military intervention would aim to counter the threat posed by armed criminal groups and provide protection to infrastructure and services, in addition to ensuring the free flow of water, fuel, food and medical supplies from major ports and airports to communities and healthcare facilities, according to a letter submitted by Secretary General António Guterres to the Security Council on Sunday.

Patients with cholera-like symptoms wait at a clinic for Doctors without borders, in Port-au-Prince, on October 7, 2022.

According to the letter, which The Associated Press was able to see but which has not been made public, one or more member states could provide the necessary personnel to support the Haitian National Police.

It also states that the Secretary General may deploy other UN resources to support a ceasefire or humanitarian agreement.

However, the letter stipulates that a return to a more imposing form of engagement in the form of peacekeeping remains a last resort if nothing else is urgently done by the international community.

This letter was submitted after Haiti's Prime Minister Ariel Henry and 18 other senior leaders of the country requested the intervention of x27; a special force sufficient to put an end to the criminal acts of armed groups across the country.

Women take advantage of a lull to get water in Port-au-Prince, Haiti , while protests force many residents to hole up in their homes.

The request comes nearly a month after one of the most powerful criminal groups took took control of a strategic oil terminal in Port-au-Prince, where nearly 10 million gallons of diesel and gasoline are stored, as well as more than 800,000 gallons of kerosene.

< p class="e-p">Tens of thousands of angry protesters have also barricaded streets in the capital and other major cities, preventing the movement of goods. Protesters resent skyrocketing fuel prices.

Gas stations and schools are closed, while banks and grocery stores limit their opening hours .

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