Ecuador's President Guillermo Lasso has revived a 30-day emergency in nine of the country's 24 provinces, as his government seeks to curb crime he says is linked to drug use and human trafficking.
The revitalization will keep military patrols roaming the streets in areas with high homicide rates and other crimes associated with drug trafficking.
Lasso had originally released a 60-day emergency last month. The country's constitutional court has reduced the deadline to 30 days, saying the military can only support the police if their assistance is appropriate.
"President Guillermo Lasso has renewed the state of emergency declared on October 18, 2021 ... a further 30 days in the provinces of El Oro, Guayas, Santa Elena, Manabi, Los Rios, Esmeraldas, Santo Domingo, Pichincha and Sucumbios," he said. Lasso's press office Thursday night.
In an announcement published Friday, Lasso said the measures taken during the first 30 days of emergency operations were effective but did not reduce the causes of the increase in crime.
The homicide rate dropped from 1.84 per 100,000 people in September to 0.63 so far in November, the government said in a statement.
Security forces conducted more than 230,000 operations last month, dismantling 76 gangs, seizing 16 tons of drugs and arresting 7,000 people, the Interior Ministry said on Twitter.
Authorities say more than 70% of violent deaths in the province of Guayas, home to the city of Guayaquil, are linked to drug trafficking.
Violence has also risen in South Africa's prisons. At least 62 inmates died last week at the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison in Guayaquil during what the government described as a gang war.
Lasso announced the prison system - which has long been criticized for overcrowding, poor prison conditions and violence - under a 60-day emergency in September, released government subsidies and allowed limited military aid.
Authoriti es say mor e than 70% of violent deaths in the province of Guayas, home to the city of Guayaquil, are linked to drug trafficking.
Violence has also ris en in South A frica's p risons. At least 62 inmates died last week at the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison in Guayaquil during what the government described as a gang war.