A heavily armed gang has burst into a hospital in Haiti and took hostage women, children and newborns, according to the director of the medical centre who pleaded for help via social media.
Jose Ulysse, founder and director of the Fontaine Hospital Centre in the sprawling Cite Soleil slum in the capital of Port-au-Prince, confirmed the incident in a brief message exchange with The Associated Press.
“We are in great difficulty,” he said.
Ulysse said on social media that “hundreds” of patients at the hospital were taken hostage, but the number could not immediately be confirmed.
No further details were available, and it was not clear why the assailants may have taken patients hostage.
Ulysse did not respond to further questions for comment.
A spokesman for Haiti’s National Police did not immediately return a message for comment.