US deploys special forces to Haiti to free kidnapped missionaries

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U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Tuesday that Washington has deployed a “significant number” of resources and specialists to free the 17 U.S. and Canadian missionaries kidnapped in Haiti.

Sullivan said at a press conference that President Joe Biden is directly involved in the effort to rescue the missionaries, including five children, who have been held hostage in Haiti since they were kidnapped eleven days ago, and stressed that “all possible options” are on the table to secure their freedom.

“Personally, every day I update the President on this matter, he has a great interest in making sure that each and every one of these people return home safe and sound,” he added.

He added that the resources deployed in the country “are working closely with the families and the Haitian government to try to coordinate and organize the recovery” of the hostages.

“We are studying all possible options to do so. And I’m going to be sensitive to what is obviously a delicate situation, so I’m not going to say more other than we have put in the assets and resources that we believe can help bring this to a successful conclusion,” he has asserted.

The group was kidnapped on October 16 by the ‘400 Mawozo’ gang in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, after returning from a visit to an orphanage in the east of the city. The gang has demanded a ransom of one million dollars per hostage (850,000 euros).

The missionaries, 16 Americans and one Canadian, are affiliated with the religious organization Christian Aid Ministries.

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