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Mexico to Send 1,500 Troops to Cancun Area After Deadly Gunplay

  • Almost 1,500 National Guard troops to be sent to Riviera Maya
  • Deployment comes after two deadly incidents near Cancun, Tulum
Mexican soldiers walk outside the Hyatt Ziva Riviera hotel in Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo state, Mexico, after a shooting on Nov. 4

Mexican soldiers walk outside the Hyatt Ziva Riviera hotel in Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo state, Mexico, after a shooting on Nov. 4

Photographer: Elizabeth Ruiz/AFP/Getty Images

Mexico will deploy a battalion of almost 1,500 National Guard troops to Cancun and surrounding beaches after two separate deadly shootouts sparked concerns over the security of the Riviera Maya region, the country’s top tourist destination.

“This battalion will provide security to the entire tourist area,” General Cresencio Sandoval, Mexico’s secretary of national defense, said in a press briefing Wednesday.