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Dozens of Marines added to boost security at US embassies in Israel, Jordan, Turkey
By: Katelyn Caralle - May 14, 2018 12:32 PM

Dozens of Marines were added to security details at the U.S. embassies in Israel, Jordan, and Turkey due to rising concerns over the violence linked to the official opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

Five U.S. defense officials said Monday that the State Department and Pentagon are considering more security at U.S. embassies in six other countries in the Middle East with histories of unrest and large scale protests, including Lebanon, Egypt, and Pakistan, NBC News reported.

The officials indicated that the increase in Marine security at each embassy is modest and falls somewhere between single digits and dozens.

There is no known timeline for how long the additional security forces will be at these locations, but a U.S. defense officials said it would be “until security conditions on the ground improve.” The additional security was requested last week by the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service.

"A number of Marines from the Marine Security Guard Security Augmentation Unit (MSAU) have been requested to augment a number of embassies in light of current events. The exact locations and/or number of Marines will not be released,” Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Ryan E. Alvis said in a statement.

More than 50 Palestinians were killed Monday by Israeli sniper fire as violent protesters charged the Gaza border, and more than 1,000 people have been injured in the protests.

O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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