Posted: Thursday, September 1, 2016. 8:00 p.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: Late this evening, GOB issued a press release informing the nation that on August 31 2016, a Belize Defense Force (BDF) reconnaissance patrol came under fire within the Chiquibul National Park, approximately 259 meters east of the border.
According to the press release, the patrol was following up on an official order to leave that was issued on August 22, 2016 to illegal settlers within the Chiquibul National Park when unidentified persons within the Chiquibul initiated gunfire as the BDF patrol approached the location where the illegal settlement was discovered.
Acting in self-defense, the BDF patrol returned fire and withdrew to safety.
Fortunately, no military personnel have been reported to have sustained any injury and no indications of any casualties have been discovered.
The OAS Office in the Adjacency Zone has been instructed to coordinate logistical arrangements between both the Belizean and Guatemalan law enforcement agencies, and to witness compliance with the official order to leave.
The release ends by saying that, “the Government of Belize will be following up on this incident and will be sharing additional details as they are made available.”
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