Israel issues travel warning for Chile over violent protests – Army deployed in major cities

Israel issues travel warning for Chile over violent protests - Army deployed in major cities

The Foreign Ministry issued a warning to Israelis traveling to Chile over mass protests in the country and a state of emergency declared by the President of Chile, followed by the army being deployed in major cities.

The advisory urges Israeli citizens to avoid the following cities: Santiago, Antofagasta, Biobío, Coquimbo, Valparaíso, O’Higgins, Talca, Chillán, Chillán Viejo, Temuco, Padre Las Casas, Punta Arenas.

The ministry noted that demonstrations at the international airport in Santiago, the capital of Chile, have disrupted its operation and have led to problems regarding transportation.

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Chile has been gripped by a nationwide movement against high living costs and inequality. President Sebastian Pinera declared a state of emergency on Saturday, with curfews issued in some parts of the country.

The protests have at times turned violent, with clashes between police and protesters that led to the deaths of 15 people, with eight killed on Sunday in the deadliest day of demonstrations.

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Chilean authorities said at least three foreign nationals, including two Colombian citizens and an Ecuadorian, were among the dead.

It is the worst violence the country has witnessed since the end of the 17-year-long military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in 1990.

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