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Mexico Travel Warning: U.S. Issues New Expanded Advisory

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A travel warning, the highest caution the State Department can issue, has been expanded in Mexico due to an increase in violence over a wider area of the country, reports the OC Register.

The new warning includes the Gulf of California resort area known as Rocky Point and the area in Mexico around the border crossing nearest Tucson. It also warns of continued problems with violence and crime in popular tourist cities such as Monterrey and Acapulco.

Northern Baja California is included on the lengthy list of violent regions:

"Targeted (drug cartel) assassinations continue to take place in Northern Baja California, including the city of Tijuana. You should exercise caution in this area, particularly at night. In late 2010, turf battles between criminal groups proliferated and resulted in numerous assassinations in areas of Tijuana frequented by U.S. citizens. Shooting incidents, in which innocent bystanders have been injured, have occurred during daylight hours throughout the city. In one such incident, an American citizen was shot and seriously wounded."
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Travel warnings typically address civil unrest issues and "long-term problems involving crime and violence," reports the OC Register. Afghanistan, Iraq, the West Bank, Colombia, North Korea and Haiti are some of the 35 countries with current travel warnings.