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The Canadian military support embassy in Haiti includes an elite unit: Sources – National |

Members of Canada’s elite special forces are at the embassy in Haiti’s capital, Global News has learned.

Members of Joint Task Force 2, the highly trained counterterrorism unit, have been preparing for deployment for two weeks as escalating gang violence in Haiti reached dangerous levels, sources said.

Some are currently at the Canadian Embassy in Port-at-Prince, according to sources.

Global Affairs Canada (GAC) told Global News on Friday that military personnel are currently working with the Canadian Embassy in Port-au-Prince to assist with “emergency planning,” but did not provide further details.

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The agency adds that the Department of National Defense (DND) will not speak to a specific number of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel in Haiti “for operational security reasons.”

Canadian special forces have already been deployed to Haiti and countries such as Afghanistan, where they helped evacuate embassy staff in 2021.

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“The Government of Canada continues to monitor the deteriorating situation in Haiti and is considering ways to assist Canadians in Haiti by working with partners and like-minded governments,” says GAC.

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In the latest escalation of months of fighting, Haiti has been hit by relentless gang attacks for weeks, depleting supplies of basic goods. The state of emergency and night curfew were extended earlier this month amid attacks on key state institutions.

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The federal government also advised Canadians earlier this month to limit their movements and maintain a low profile when going outside if they are not sheltering in place.

According to GAC, there are currently 3,039 Canadians in Haiti registered with the Registration Service for Canadians Abroad. It also said the Emergency Monitoring and Response Center had responded to 245 requests since March 3, mostly related to general travel information and the overall security situation.

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“Due to the lack of reliable supplies and the need to support an effective presence in a volatile situation, Canada has temporarily drawn on key personnel from our embassy in Haiti,” GAC told Global News on Friday.

“Canada’s Embassy will continue to support Canadians remaining in the country, as well as Haiti and the Haitian people,” it said.

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