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Foreign countries warn citizens not to travel to St. Louis, other US cities

Governments from Venezuela, Uruguay and Japan released warnings to its citizens, urging them to postpone trips to the U.S. after the "recent acts of violence"

August 06, 2019 - 1:06 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The Venezuelan government named St. Louis on a list of U.S. cities that its citizens shouldn't travel to due to the "proliferation of acts of violence and crimes" in recent history. 

The Latin American county is just one of multiple nations to issue an alert on travel to the U.S., following this week's attacks in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio that left 31 people dead. 

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St. Louis, El Paso and Dayton, as well as Cleveland, Atlanta, Buffalo, Memphis, Oakland, Birmingham, Ala., and Stockton, Calif. were all included in the statement out of Venezuela.

"A fundamental factor to consider lies in the inexcusable indiscriminate possession of firearms by the population, also encouraged from the center of the federal government of that country, so it is especially advisable to avoid places where large crowds occur. In particular, it is recommended not to attend these places with minors."

Uruguay also released a similar message to its citizens, telling them to avoid travel to Baltimore, Detroit, and Albuquerque, New Mexico because of "indiscriminate possession of firearms." They say specifically to avoid areas like theme parks, malls, festivals, sports events and places that have a large concentration of people. 

There has also been a warning from the Japanese Consul in Detroit, alerting its citizens to "be aware of the potential for gunfire incidents everywhere in the United States."

There have been 23 mass killings so far this year in the U.S., claiming the lives of 131 people, according to a database by The Associated Press, USA TODAY and Northeastern University.

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