Violence in El Salvador reaches levels equal to former civil war period in 1980s

Last month, there were 907 people killed in fights between rival street gangs and between gangs and security forces. This level of bloodshed has not been seen since the civil war of the 1980s. El Salvador is believed to have more then 70,000 gang members.

Advice For Travellers

Travellers in this country should be cautious and aware of their surroundings at all times. Avoid areas that are dominated by local gangs.