Haiti’s Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe said authorities chose not to help Bel Air massacre victims because sending in the police to confront the gangs involved would have been worse for residents.
At least 12 people died during the shooting, burning and looting that took place Aug. 31. Numerous residents were also left homeless in the attack allegedly carried out by the G9 Family and Allies gang.
“The government couldn’t assist them because there could have been collateral victims,” Jouthe said in a Caraïbes FM interview via Tripotay Lakay.
Jouthe also said Haiti’s disarmament force, CNDDR, will talk to the gang members to ask for peace. He said, “There are some issues that you can’t use guns to solve.”