Dutch cabinet wants marines on UN ships

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Dutch marines will soon accompany UN food transports destined for Somalia.

Sources in The Hague have told broadsheet that the heavily armed marines are to provide protection against pirates. The proposal will be discussed in Friday’s weekly cabinet meeting.

The first contingent of marines is to board a UN ship in January. The new mission means fewer marines will be available for the special teams currently involved in the protection of Dutch merchant shipping off Somalia.

The marines would initially be deployed for a six-month period. It is not clear how many marines would be involved.

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