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U.S. Consulate Closed on Mexican Border

Last week two shootings occurred on Tuesday and Thursday, resulting in the deaths of ten drug cartel members and injuries to ten Mexican soldiers and at least one police officer.  One of them occurred in the city of Matamoros, on the border with Brownsville, Texas.  As such, the U.S. Consulate  General in Matamoros has issued a warning regarding the gun battles that have been taking place.

Additionally, the Consular Agency in the Mexican city of Reynosa, an extension of the Consulate General, has temporarily closed its doors.  Reynosa lies on the Mexican border approximately 15 minutes from McAllen, Texas and an hour from Matamoros.  According to U.S. officials, the shootings between gang members have been numerous lately and are believed to be related to narcotics trafficking.  Travel restrictions were issued by the U.S. State Department following the violence along the U.S.-Mexico border.



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