US issues travel alert for Chiapas due to violence crisis

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The US Embassy in Mexico detailed that due to the increase in violence in the municipality of Ocozocoautla, its employees are instructed to avoid the conflict zone.

The United States issued a travel alert for the state of Chiapas this Wednesday due to the violence crisis it is going through.

The US Embassy in Mexico detailed that due to media reports about the increase in violence in the municipality of Ocozocoautla, US government employees are instructed to avoid the conflict zone.

Upon issuing the alert, the Embassy rated Chiapas at level two out of four in its travel advisories. That is, it asked its nationals to take greater precautions.

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In a statement, it pointed out that if any American person is in Chiapas, it is necessary to seek shelter and notify their relatives and friends about their location and safety.

Ocozocoautla is one of the localities where there have been clashes between organized crime and Mexican security forces. Yesterday, in an armed dispute, two people lost their lives. The day before, two police officers were killed.

In Chiapas, violence has intensified in recent months due to the presence of the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, which are fighting to control the territory.

According to the risk map of Mexico from the US Embassy, only Campeche and Yucatán are safe states to travel to. Sinaloa, Tamaulipas, Colima, Michoacán, and Guerrero are states rated at level 4 risk. This means that the US government recommends not traveling to these entities.

The rest of the country is divided into levels 2 and 3, take greater precautions and reconsider traveling, respectively. Zacatecas is rated as a state with a high security risk.

In February of this year, the US Embassy had already issued a travel alert to the town of Ciudad Hidalgo, located in the southern part of Chiapas. due to the increase in criminal activity, its security radius was up to 10 kilometers around the town.

 Source: El Sol de Mexico