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El Salvador military pull out of peace zones

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

El Salvador's Defense Minister confirmed that the military will withdraw from the areas designated peace zones, where gangs known as "maras" have pledged to end all criminal activity.

Defense Minister Atilio Benitez said that the military will withdraw from the peace zones, as crime is expected to drop significantly in these areas, and the troops need to focus their attention on regions with higher crime rates.

Four municipalities have been inaugurated as crime-free sanctuaries so far, and another ten are expected to follow.

Source: InSight Crime