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Haiti - DR : Nearly 10,000 soldiers protect the border with Haiti
This strong military presence at the border borders between the two countries was ordered by Lieutenant General Carlos Luciano Díaz Morfa, Minister of Defense, who explained that the armed forces manage and improve actions to control the illicit trafficking of people, goods and drugs.
"The old-fashioned idea of a neglected, poorly guarded border region, laden with ill-equipped and isolated military posts, is a thing of the past," the neighboring country's top military official said on Monday.
Minister Díaz Morfa revealed that border surveillance is in charge of 8,672 members of the army, who have now been joined by 153 navies, 83 from the air force, 702 from the Specialized Corps of border security (Cesfront), 18 from the specialized port security corps and 120 intelligence specialists from the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The bulk of the 9,748 deployed across the cordon separator between Haiti and the Dominican Republic is made up of officers, soldiers and assimilated, all part of the security and defense system of land and sea borders.
At the moment, 2,691 soldiers of the Fourth Brigade are deployed on the northern border; 2,654 soldiers from the third brigade in the central section and 2,677 soldiers from the fifth infantry brigade on the southwest border, including intelligence personnel from the Dominican army's G2.
The Dominican Navy has two port commands, Manzanillo and Cabo Rojo, with 82 soldiers and officers. The Air Force, which is part of the land border control tasks, has a detachment and a small airport in Cabo Rojo, and another in Dajabón, with a staff of 83 members and three patrol planes.
Meanwhile, the border posts and their surroundings in Dajabón, Elías Piña, Jimaní and Pedernales are under the surveillance of 702 soldiers from Cesfront. The Port Security Corps has a facility in Manzanillo and another in Cabo Rojo, with 18 members.
There are 128 motorized units, including 18 vehicles for patrolling in high difficulty terrain; 145 surveillance camera systems and 52 military border posts. 24 checkpoints are regularly deployed on formal and informal routes, traveling to preserve the element of surprise.
A set of eight joint and interagency task forces in the region of Enriquillo, Vicente Noble, Los Pilones, Jicomé, Estero Hondo, Copey, and the coordinated border efforts in Carrizal and Jimaní, maintain the current border security strategy.
The visual surveillance system is connected to the Command, Control, Communication and Security Center-C5i to monitor, in real time, all movements at border crossings, military posts, checkpoints, informal routes and other means.
Lt. Gen. Díaz Morfa reported developing a strategy to monitor informal crossings that are detected in steep areas where it is difficult to travel, often used as roads to bypass surveillance.
For the Dominican Minister of Defense, the protection of the border strip constitutes one of the priorities of his ministry, of its armed forces and specialized units, being one of the main axes of its current strategic plan, approved by the state-major for the period 2021-2024.