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Over 1,200 military officials blocked at least 30 illegal crossings detected along the Peru-Ecuador border.
President Francisco Sagasti's administration on Wednesday deployed hundreds of Peruvian officers throughout the border with Ecuador to prohibit immigrants from entering the country amid its second wave of COVID-19.
"We will keep the border blocked for as long as necessary to prevent the entry of immigrants infected with COVID-19," Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command tweeted.
The joint decision "seeks to control our country's epidemiological situation," Peruvian Defense Minister Nuria Esparch added.
The operation includes over 50 armored vehicles, trucks and patrol cars, and over 1,200 military personnel. They blocked 30 illegal crossings detected along the Peru-Ecuador border.
#Peru deployed 1,200 soldiers and armored vehicles to the Peruvian-Ecuadorian border to monitor 30 crossings used by Venezuelan migrants. #Ecuador has not mobilized troops on its side of the border yet, but EC's defense minister visited the border province El Oro this morning. https://t.co/SptwcU2r0I