PORT-AU-PRINCE — International aid group Doctors Without Borders said Thursday it was suspending work at a medical center in the Haitian capital after an armed group pulled a critically ill patient from an ambulance and shot him dead in the street.
The attack took place Tuesday near Turgeau Emergency Center in central, gang-ridden Port-au-Prince, the group said in a news release.
As two ambulances left the center with patients onboard, including a man recently admitted in critical condition, around 10 armed individuals appeared and blocked the vehicles.
After firing shots into the air and inspecting the interior of the ambulances, they ordered “the second ambulance to reverse while they pulled the patient from the first,” Doctors Without Borders, also known as MSF, said.
The armed group then beat the man before shooting him several times at close range, then fleeing the scene.
“MSF remains one of the last international organisations to provide health care in the Haitian capital and cannot accept that its ambulances are violently attacked and patients shot dead in the street,” MSF head of mission Benoit Vasseur said in the news release.