11 Jul '18, 9pm

Marines Send More Embassy Guards to Haiti as Riots Turn Deadly

Marines Send More Embassy Guards to Haiti as Riots Turn Deadly

A squad-sized Marine security detachment has arrived in Haiti to bolster security at the U.S. embassy there as protests over an unpopular fuel price hike turned violent. Thirteen members of the Marine Security Augmentation Unit are in place at the embassy, a U.S. defense official said. Members of the Quantico , Virginia-based unit are trained Marine security guards who can reinforce U.S. embassies facing threats. An undisclosed number of non-uniformed security personnel were also dispatched to the U.S. embassy in Port-au-Prince, the defense official said. CNN first reported that the Marines 'presence had been requested by diplomats on the ground. Members of Marine Security Augmentation Units can respond directly to calls from an ambassador, chief of mission or regional security officer at an embassy in trouble. A State Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymi...

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