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U.S. government issues security alert for Ciudad Juárez due to cartel violence

July 25, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
U.S. government issues security alert for Ciudad Juárez due to cartel violence

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The U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua announced a security alert forbidding U.S. Government staffers from traveling into the downtown portion of the city without advanced authorization for the next month.

The security alert was implemented on July 13th and immediately went into effect due to the significant increase in homicides and cartel-related violence throughout Ciudad Juárez, according to The El Paso Times.

These include an increase in shootings in the highly frequented downtown area during daylight hours.

The security warning states as follows: “U.S. government personnel are prohibited from traveling to downtown Ciudad Juárez without permission from the Regional Security Office for the next 30 days. The restriction covers official and personal travel and includes the area west of Avenida de Las Americas. All approved travel must be in an armored vehicle. The restriction will be re-evaluated at the end of the 30-day period.

The recent increase in cartel violence in Juárez is primarily due to a waging war between formerly allied criminal gangs fighting over the profitable street-level drug market and old rivals involved in a renewed turf war.

The number of murders in Juárez over the past few months are comparable to those observed during the 2011 crisis.

A violent cartel war erupted at that time for control of the El Paso smuggling corridors into the US between the Juárez and Sinaloa Cartels.

In late June, the city of Juárez recorded 22 murders in only one day.

The Mexican government reacted by dispatching troops to the streets of Juárez to quell cartel violence.

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