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At Least Five Haitian Migrants Drown Off Coast of Puerto Rico

HeadlineJul 29, 2022

The United States Coast Guard says at least five people drowned and 66 others were rescued off the coast of Puerto Rico Thursday after they were forced off their boat by human smugglers. Most of the survivors are Haitian. They were handcuffed by Customs and Border Protection officers as they were taken into custody. Their rescue came just days after 17 Haitian migrants died off the coast of the Bahamas when their boat capsized. This week, rival gangs in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince continued to wage intense gun battles in the impoverished neighborhood of Cité Soleil, where the U.N. warns the number of killings this year is fast approaching 1,000.

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