ASIA China (Security threat level – 3): On 23 November...
Democratic Republic Of The Congo (Security threat level – 5): At approximately 1100 local time (1000 UTC) on 25 July 2022, protesters in Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, raided a food storage warehouse and several offices belonging to the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). Demonstrators had initially rallied to protest the presence of U.N. troops, alleging that the troops had failed to maintain peace in the country. Some of the participants then raided the MONUSCO warehouse and offices. Security personnel reportedly deployed live ammunition and tear gas to disperse both demonstrators and looters. Information on injuries was unavailable.
Madagascar (Security threat level – 4): On 23 July 2022, hundreds of protesters gathered in the district of Behoririka in the capital Antananarivo to oppose the rising cost of living throughout the country. Police officers arrested two leading members of the main Tiako I Madagasikara (TIM) opposition party, which organized the protest. Demonstrators staged a sit-in following the arrests until security personnel released the leaders several hours later. There was a heavy security presence in the capital due to the demonstration.
Tunisia (Security threat level – 4): On 22-23 July 2022, hundreds of anti-government demonstrators rallied in the capital Tunis ahead of President Kais Saied’s constitutional referendum, which is taking place on 25 July. Nearly 1,000 demonstrators gathered on Habib Bourguiba Avenue in the city on 23 July to participate in a peaceful demonstration organized by the Ennahda Party — the largest opposition party in the dissolved Tunisian parliament — and the Citizens Against the Coup organization. Additionally, on 22 July police officers fired tear gas and pepper spray to disperse hundreds of protesters marching toward the Interior Ministry building. Police officers arrested at least 10 participants, including leaders from the opposition Attayar, Joumhouri and Workers’ parties. Demonstrators claim the draft constitution is illegal and will remove checks and balances on the executive branch.
Japan (Security threat level – 1): At approximately 2050 local time (1150 UTC) on 24 July 2022, authorities ordered the evacuation of residents living in the Arimuracho and Furusatocho areas of Kagoshima city — located along the southern coast of Kyushu island — following the eruption of the Sakurajima volcano. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the volcano spewed out large rocks that fell in areas located as far as 2.5 km (1.5 mi) from the volcano. Additionally, the JMA issued a Level 5 eruption alert — the highest level of alert on a color-coded, five-tier scale — for the volcano. Residents within 3 km of the volcano’s Minamidake summit crater and Showa crater have been advised to evacuate and take strict precautions when traveling due to the risk of volcanic ash. There were no immediate reports of injuries following the eruption.
Pakistan (Security threat level – 5): Late on 24 July 2022, torrential monsoon rainfall inundated the port city of Karachi, causing widespread flooding and traffic disruptions throughout the city. According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), the city received approximately 60 mm (3.4 in) of rain within several hours. A number of roads and streets in the city’s financial district were heavily flooded, prompting authorities to announce an unscheduled public holiday on 25 July for the Karachi and Hyderabad areas. Local businesses have been advised to close for the day. Additionally, authorities have warned local residents of the potential for landslides and electricity outages within the next 48 hours. At least four people were killed as a result of the heavy rainfall.
United Kingdom (Security threat level – 3): Workers employed by the government-owned Network Rail company and 14 train operators are set to observe a nationwide labor strike on 27 July 2022, due to continuing disputes over unemployment benefits, wages and working conditions. More than 40,000 members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) plan to participate in the strike, which is expected to cause significant disruptions to train services with further knock-on effects the following day. Separately, train drivers belonging to eight operators have called for a strike on 30 July. A similar work stoppage staged by RMT for three days the previous month resulted in a significant reduction of train services and prompted officials to advise the public to avoid rail travel.
Canada (Security threat level – 2): Shortly before 0630 local time (1330 UTC) on 25 July 2022, multiple shootings occurred in downtown Langley, British Columbia — a city located approximately 40 km (25 mi) southeast of Vancouver. At least one such event also took place in nearby Langley Township. Several people were killed in the shootings, but authorities have yet to release the exact number. One suspected gunman has been taken into custody. A local police official stated that the victims were homeless individuals and authorities believe the attacks were targeted. The public has been advised to avoid downtown Langley as officials work to confirm that there are no other possible suspects.
United States (Security threat level – 2): At approximately 1600 local time (2300 UTC) on 24 July 2022, gunfire broke out at Peck Park in the San Pedro area of Los Angeles, California, while a car show was underway at the park. Seven people suffered gunshot wounds and were transported to nearby hospitals; two of the victims later succumbed to their injuries. Local officials believe a dispute between two groups resulted in the shooting. There have been no arrests in relation to the event.
Argentina (Security threat level – 3): On the morning of 23 July 2022, an Aerolineas Argentinas flight made an emergency landing at General Enrique Mosconi International Airport (SAVC/CRD), located in the city of Comodoro Rivadavia, due to a reported bomb threat on board the aircraft. All 169 passengers and six crew members on board safely evacuated the aircraft soon after landing. Authorities temporarily closed the facility due to the bomb threat as security personnel attended the aircraft. The threat was later determined to be a hoax. The aircraft was operating flight AR 1882 to the city of Ushuaia from Buenos Aires and had diverted to Comodoro Rivadavia due to the reported bomb threat.
Philippines (Security threat level – 4): At approximately 1455 local time (0655 UTC) on 24 July 2022, a shooting occurred during a graduation ceremony at Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City — located about 10 km (7 mi) northeast of Manila. The assailant killed three people, including the former mayor of Lamitan city. The university was placed on lockdown, and the graduation ceremony was postponed until police officers were able to secure the premises. Authorities detained the suspected shooter after witnesses near the university’s gates prevented him from fleeing the scene. Police officers stated that the shooting is currently being investigated as an assassination of the former mayor.
Mali (Security threat level – 5): On 23 July 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Bamako issued a Security Alert following a terrorist attack near the capital, which reads in part as follows: “Following reports of gunfire at Kati military base, the U.S. Embassy in Mali continues to monitor the evolving security situation and reminds U.S. citizens to check local media for updates. U.S. Embassy employees are no longer sheltering in place; however, employees have been advised to avoid nonessential travel until July 27, 2022. This includes avoiding crowded areas and venues frequented by Westerners.”
Papua New Guinea (Security threat level – 5): On 25 July 2022, the U.S. Mission in Papua New Guinea issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows: “The Embassy has received reports of civil unrest and violence related to the general election cycle occurring throughout Port Moresby, including but not limited to Gordon, Erima, Manu, Waigani, 5 and 6 Mile, Koki, Badili, and much of the North/East of the city. The Embassy has restricted all movement of U.S. government personnel in Port Moresby until further notice.”