During this week, several reports of violent clashes were reported in the City of Matamoros, Tamaulipas. Jessica Solis joins us with more details on what authorities are saying regarding this Mexican Border City.
It was this past Tuesday and Wednesday when border residents witnessed the shootings spreading to several parts of Matamoros. Hospital clinics report seven civilians received injuries from explosive devices. An official list of casualties has not been released.
Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said various law enforcement agencies are working together and they are in constant communication with Mexican officials.
Now, both countries share travel warnings.
Lindoro Sanchez, Mexico’s Civil Protection Coordinator said, “We are asking the people to take precaution, do not stay out late, if you don’t have to be out, as a preference, stay in your homes with your families.”
“We cannot prevent from crossing into Mexico because we know that there are family ties, we only report the risks,” said Sheriff Lucio, “Stay informed and that is all we can tell you right now.”
The US Consulate in Matamoros has been repeatedly warning US Citizens through their website to avoid traveling the streets during fights. And local authorities maintaining visible in border limits to alert of possible spillover activity.
Officials believe the situation may worsen in the coming days due to a split between groups of Tamaulipas organized crime.
Authorities are stressing the travel warning since innocent people have been injured in the recent clashes between registered members of organized crime and military officials.