On 8 March 2024, armed gang members attempted to forcibly breach the National Palace in the capital Port-au-Prince. Heavy gunfire and explosions were reported in the vicinity of Champ-de-Mars near the National Palace, where gang members had congregated. Local media reported that armed bandits threw Molotov cocktails at police officers and set fire to the Ministry of Interior building. Dozens of gang members were reportedly killed in the attack, though officials did not provide detailed information regarding casualties. Later on 10 March, Germany’s ambassador to Haiti and other EU envoys left their embassies in Port-au-Prince due to escalating gang violence. According to the German Foreign Ministry, the German ambassador and EU diplomatic staff relocated to neighboring Dominican Republic and will operate from there indefinitely. The move coincides with the U.S. government’s decision to evacuate all nonessential personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince as the security situation in the area deteriorates further. Moreover, the U.S. Embassy compound has been reinforced with additional U.S. military personnel to secure the facility and remaining staff. The U.S. Embassy has asked U.S. citizens in Haiti to complete a crisis intake form; please see the Government Warnings section below for further details.