A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft sits on the tarmac at Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, April 23, 2024. The aircraft flew into Toussaint Louverture International Airport for the planned rotation of support and security augmentation personnel for the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince. In support of the Department of State, U.S. Southern Command coordinated the airlift mission. (Photo courtesy U.S. State Department INL)

PORT-AU-PRINCE — A U.S. military aircraft, Air Force C-130, landed at Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prin on Tuesday for a planned rotation of personnel. This marks the first such flight since the airport was targeted by gang attacks on March 3, leading to the suspension of all commercial flights. The plane carried security and support personnel as part of a routine rotation to bolster the U.S. Embassy staff in the Haitian capital.

In a press release on Tuesday, the U.S. Southern Command stated that the mission aims to ensure the U.S. Embassy remains operational and continues its efforts to support the Haitian people. This includes “backing the Haitian National Police and the Armed Forces of Haiti and aiding in efforts to establish conditions for free and fair elections.”

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I am Juhakenson Blaise, a journalist based in the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I cover the news that develops in this city and deals with other subjects related to the experience of Haitians for the Haitian Times newspaper. I am also a lover of poetry.