British tourists have been told to stay at their resorts in Montego Bay in Jamaica after a wave of deadly murders.
A state of emergency has been declared with soldiers deployed on the streets in what has been described as "an important military operation"
. The country's Prime Minister Andrew Holness said that "crime and violence, particularly those murders "had been climbing in the parish of St James.
The British government has told the British to stay in the confines of their hotels and that an "important" military operation is carried out in St James Parish, which includes Montego Bay. 19659003] The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: "You must limit your movements outside of the tourist centers in the area at this time, and be especially careful if you travel at night.
" Traveling to and from the airport or for excursions should be undertaken w "With organized tour operators, and transportation must be organized or loaned by resort hotels."
Last year, 335 murders were recorded in St James, which includes the popular resort city of Montego Bay, twice as many as any other parish.
Calling the level of "continued and threatened" criminal activity, Mr. Holness said that his security forces had advised him that it was "of such a nature and on such a vast scale that it endangers public safety".
The state of emergency gives officers additional powers, which allows them to search and detain without an arrest warrant and close business.
A curfew was imposed on the parishes of St. James and St. Catherine, west of the capital of Kingston.
Incoming and out of area vehicles will also be searched.
The Minister of Security, Robert Montaque, assured that the security forces will only attack the criminals, and appealed to the people to obtain information.
He said: "We need your full cooperation to move." move forward in restoring peace and order so that good people can continue to contribute to the welfare of Jamaica. "
About 206,000 British citizens visited Jamaica in 2016.
The country – still has the death penalty – Has been plagued by high murder and violence rates.
Authorities blame the recent increase in gang crime and lottery scams.