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Haiti: 10,000 soldiers at the border protect the Dominican territory

On Friday on the sidelines of an inspection tour at the Dominican border, Major General Estanislao Gonell Regalado said that because of riots and violent anti-government protests in Haiti, the Dominican Minister of Defense Lieutenant General Rubén Paulino Sem had ordered to reinforce the border and to send 1,500 military in reinforcements, bringing to 10,000 men the number deployed in order to be ready to face any situation.

Gonell Regalado recalled that the Dominican authorities had limited the access of Dominican service stations to Haitians, who come in large numbers to make fuel reserves to supply the black market in Haiti https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-28629-haiti-dr-dozens-of-fuel-jerricans-for-haiti-seized-on-the-dominican-border.html

He explained that this border surveillance device, https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-28839-haiti-dr-the-dominicans-worried-further-strengthen-the-security-of-their-border.html additionally to prevent the entry of people fleeing violence in Haiti, also aims to fight against smuggling of any kind.

He said that since Friday several dozens of Haitians have been arrested and returned to Haiti after crossing the border illegally.

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