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State Department issues travel advisory for Chiapas

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  • Travel advisory for Chiapas.
  • American citizens are urged to exercise caution.
  • Violence has increased in the area.

The United States government issued a travel advisory Wednesday.

The State Department recommends avoiding travel to the city of Ocozocoautla, Chiapas, in southeastern Mexico.

This warning comes as a result of the recent surge in violence, clashes between criminal groups and the growing insecurity in the region.

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U.S. issues travel advisory for Chiapas

The State Department’s travel advisory for the state of Chiapas has been classified as a Level 2.

This indicates that greater caution should be exercised due to the incidence of crime.

The United States Embassy in Mexico has issued this alert, instructing U.S. government employees to avoid the area until further notice.

Citizens and employees in the region are urged to steer clear of the affected area and seek a safe haven if they are already in it.

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Residents and travelers have been advised to follow updates from local media and local authorities, and call 911 in case of emergency.

They have also been asked to notify friends and family about their location and safety, according to EFE.

On Tuesday, a confrontation between the military and a group of criminals took place in the community of Vicente Guerrero, in Ocozocoautla.

Federal authorities have deployed more than 1,000 agents, including federal and state forces.

What is happening in Chiapas?

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In recent weeks, the region has witnessed several confrontations.

These clashes have occurred between organized crime groups and agents of the Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional (SEDENA) and the Guardia Nacional.

Two members of the Policía Estatal Preventiva (PEP) have become the latest victims of the rampant brutality plaguing the streets of the municipality of Ocozocoautla.

They were executed by hitmen amidst a violent dispute for territorial control between two criminal organizations.

Travel advisory for Chiapas: Police officers were killed in Mexico

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This occurred while they were on quiet street in the city, according to El Universal.

According to reports from the Chiapas Attorney General’s Office, the two officers, from the Secretariat of Public Security and Citizen Protection (SSPyPC), were on duty at the time.

They were ambushed by a group of armed men.

This atrocious incident sheds light on the harsh reality that law enforcement in the region faces.

Mourning after the deadly attack on police in Mexico

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Police confront the violence and danger in an environment dominated by organized crime on a daily basis.

The families of these brave officers mourn their loss.

The local community is devastated.

Meanwhile, authorities are compelled to redouble their efforts in the fight against crime.

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