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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Fri. Nov. 12, 2021 (Reuters) – The Canadian government said on Thursday it was temporarily withdrawing non-essential personnel from its embassy in Haiti, citing a rapidly deteriorating security situation in the country.

“Global Affairs Canada is temporarily withdrawing non-essential Canadian employees as well as family members of Canadian embassy staff from Haiti,” the government said in a statement, adding that essential staff will continue to support Canadians in Haiti.

The news comes as one Canadian missionary remains among 17 kidnapped by a major gang in Haiti and as gangs across Port-Au-Prince create a major fuel crisis as they urge the current prime minister to step down.

(Reporting by Bhargav Acharya in Bengaluru; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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