The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti has requested additional security personnel including Marines as the Haitian capital has been gripped by days of protests over a government plan to raise fuel prices and cut food subsidies, according to multiple reports.
A request made by the embassy includes a Marine Security Guard Augmentation Unit consisting of about 13 Marines and other personnel to reinforce existing embassy security, CNN reported Tuesday.
The request has been approved by Trump administration officials, the network added.
Staff at the embassy have been instructed to shelter in place by State Department officials, and a travel advisory urging U.S. citizens to stay away from the airport unless absolutely necessary was issued Tuesday afternoon.
According to NBC News, volunteer groups from South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Alabama are stuck in the country while a doctor from North Carolina reported to his family that he and his son arrived at the airport and were told they were unable to leave.
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