UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The U.S. is beefing up security at its embassies in the Middle East over concerns of potential violence amid the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.
The U.S. has added dozens of Marines to the security details at U.S. embassies in Turkey, Jordan and Israel.
NBC News also reported that the Pentagon is considering ramping up security at embassies in a half dozen other Middle Eastern nations.
The Marine Corps acknowledged the deployment, saying in a statement that additional troops had “been requested to augment a number of embassies in light of current events.”
The news came on May 14, shortly after the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem officially opened its doors. Dozens were killed and thousands wounded in violent protests that erupted along the border fence between Israel and the Gaza strip.