The United States embassy in Haiti asked on Tuesday for further military backup, including Marines, as the capital, Port-au-Prince, remains gripped by violent civil unrest.
According to CNN, the embassy demanded a Marine Security Guard Augmentation Unit that includes 13 marines and other personnel to secure the vicinity.
“Due to the security situation, U.S. government personnel continue to shelter in place and U.S. citizens are advised to do the same.
“The Department of State currently advises U.S. citizens not to travel to Haiti due to the ongoing civil unrest,” it continues.
“We are closely monitoring the situation and remain in close contact with Haitian authorities to verify the welfare and whereabouts of U.S. citizens in the area.