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The State Department on Sunday encouraged U.S. citizens in Haiti to shelter in place amid ongoing violent protests near Port au Prince.

The U.S. Embassy in Haiti issued a notice that U.S. citizens should not leave their hotels or homes until further notice because of ongoing roadblocks and violence in response to a government-ordered fuel price hike.

The article goes on to state the following:

“Do not travel to the airport unless you confirmed your flight is departing,” the State Department warned. “Flights are cancelled today and the airport has limited food and water available.  Telecommunications services, including Internet and phone lines, have been affected throughout Haiti.  It may be difficult to reach people through normal communication methods.”

The embassy first issued a shelter in place warning on Saturday as demonstrations erupted across the island.

CNN reported roughly 120 Americans and 100 Haitians are lodging at a Port-au-Prince hotel where protesters tried to set the building on fire and get past security.

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