Heavy gunfire rang out and traffic was disrupted in some areas of Haiti's capital, as more residents fled their homes near the fighting, while burning buses lay in the streets and burning barricades filled the air with thick gray smoke.

The gang leader said in a press conference: “The battle will continue as long as necessary. We will continue to fight Ariel Henry. To avoid collateral damage, keep the children at home.”

Scherizer is a former police officer who heads an alliance of gangs, and disrupted the country when he closed the largest oil station in 2022, noting that he is subject to sanctions from both the United Nations and the US Treasury Department.

Violence continued in the capital, Port-au-Prince, on Friday, for the second day in a row, with gangs seeking to overthrow the prime minister launching attacks near the international airport and a prison in the city.

Four policemen were killed and dozens of people were injured since the outbreak of the latest wave of violence, while Henry is in Kenya to rally support for the deployment of an international force backed by the United Nations.

Late Friday, there were reports that gunmen attempted to take control of the capital's main container port, while gangs threatened to attack more police stations in the city.

Reuters has not yet been able to verify these reports.

The Prime Minister's Office said in a statement that Henry was "outraged by the acts of violence and terrorism orchestrated by armed gangs" and offered his condolences to the families of the victims, saying that the government would continue to work to resolve the conflict.