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Posted: Wednesday, July 7, 2021. 12:06 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Jamaica’s Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith has expressed shock and condemnation at the killings according to the Jamaica Gleaner.

The White House described the attack as “horrific” and “tragic” and said it was still gathering information on what happened. U.S. President Joe Biden will be briefed later Wednesday by his national security team, spokesperson Jen Psaki said during an interview on MSNBC.

“The message to the people of Haiti is this is a tragic tragedy,” she during a previously scheduled interview on CNN. “It’s a horrific crime and we’re so sorry for the loss that they are all suffering and going through as many of them are waking up this morning and hearing this news. And we stand ready and stand by them to provide any assistance that’s needed.”

And the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has scheduled an emergency meeting following a report released at their recent Heads of Government meeting, beginning at noon Belize time, Minister of Foreign Affairs Senator Eamon Courtenay told a session of the Senate.

Belize, he said, joined its regional partners in praying for Haiti and its people, and working to ensure that Haiti gets through this situation and returns to a peaceful life and society.

Even before the assassination, Haiti had grown increasingly unstable and disgruntled under Moïse, the Associated Press reports.

The president ruled by decree for more than two years after the country failed to hold elections and the opposition demanded he step down in recent months.

“The country’s security situation is under the control of the National Police of Haiti and the Armed Forces of Haiti,” Joseph said in a statement from his office. “Democracy and the republic will win.”

In the early morning hours today, Wednesday, the streets were largely empty in the capital of Port-au-Prince, but some people ransacked businesses in one area.

Joseph said police have been deployed to the National Palace and the upscale community of Pétionville and will be sent to other areas.

Joseph condemned the assassination as a “hateful, inhumane and barbaric act.” In the statement, he said some of the attackers spoke in Spanish but offered no further explanation. He later said in a radio address that they spoke Spanish or English, again offering no details.

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