UPDATE on the Coup in Ecuador

30 Sep

This just in from the U.S. Embassy in Quito:

UPDATE – The strike by police units and some military in Ecuador
continues at this time.

The airports in Guayaquil and other major cities remain closed as of the
evening of September 30; however, reports indicate that the airport in
Quito will reopen later this evening. Be advised, American flag carriers
confirm that U.S.-bound flights remain cancelled tonight, September 30.

Major highways may be closed going in and out of Quito, Guayaquil and
other major cities. Throughout the day, there have been blockages of
major roads and tire fires being set by police. In some towns along the
coast, there are reports of looting and other lawlessness. In Ecuador,
all schools are scheduled to be closed tomorrow, October 1.

In Quito, American citizens should be advised that, because Hospital
Metropolitano is located next to the North Quito Police Headquarters,
they should use other area hospitals if feasible.

American citizens are asked to continue to stay in their homes or
current locations, if safe. American citizens with immediate travel
plans will be forced to put them on hold until the situation improves.
Hotel rooms are still available in Quito, but as more flights are
cancelled, they are likely to fill up quickly. Very few hotel rooms are
available in Guayaquil.

The U.S. Embassy in Quito will be open tomorrow, October 1.  The U.S.
Consulate in Guayaquil will assess its status on October 1.

The U.S. Embassy recommends continuing to monitor Ecuadorian news
outlets for updates on the strike. We will also continue to provide new
information as it becomes available.

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