ASIA China (Security threat level – 3): On 23 November...
Mexico (Security threat level – 4): On 15 June 2022, authorities closed the port in the town of Puerto Escondido, located in Oaxaca state, due to the anticipated effects of Hurricane Blas. While the hurricane is projected to remain offshore, it will likely produce dangerous surf and riptide conditions along the southwestern coastline through 18 June. The coastal area of Oaxaca state recently sustained significant damage during the passage of Hurricane Agatha — a Category 2 storm that made landfall on 30 May near Puerto Angel, which is located approximately 80 km (50 mi) southeast of Puerto Escondido.
India (Security threat level – 3): On 16 June 2022, violent protests broke out in the state of Bihar in response to the government’s announcement of the Agnipath scheme — a short-term military recruitment plan that involves the induction of at least 46,000 soldiers in the 17-21 age group for terms of no more than four years with no pension benefits following retirement. In the town of Chhapra, located approximately 45 km (30 mi) west of the state capital Patna, a passenger train was set on fire. Meanwhile in the Arrah district, demonstrators set up roadblocks near a railway station and threw rocks at police officers in the area. Security personnel fired tear gas at the protesters in an attempt to disperse the crowd. There were no immediate reports of injuries or arrests. Demonstrations against the government’s recruitment policy also occurred in other locations throughout Bihar, including in the districts of Aurangabad, Arwal, Bhagalpur, Buxar, Gaya, Jehanabad, Munger, Nawada, Saharsa and Siwan. In addition, associated protests occurred in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Tunisia (Security threat level – 3): On 16 June 2022, Tunisair canceled all international and domestic flights due to a countrywide general strike organized by the Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT). Additionally, all land and sea transportation has been suspended; public buses, trains and ferries will cease operations until 17 June. The UGTT called for the strike to protest President Kais Saied’s plan to cut public sector wages and reduce key subsidies that many working-class families are dependent upon even as the country’s inflation rate reached 7.8% the previous month. The prices of many staple grocery items and other goods have already increased significantly.
Analyst Comment: The Tunisian government is in a financial crisis and is seeking its fourth loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the last 10 years. Saied’s plan seeks to fulfill a demand from the IMF to reduce subsidies in exchange for a 4 billion U.S. dollar loan.
Nigeria (Security threat level – 5): At approximately 1950 local time (1850 UTC) on 15 June 2022, a commercial aircraft with 33 passengers and four crew members on board made an emergency landing at Lagos’ Murtala Muhammed International Airport (DNMM/LOS) after one of the aircraft’s engines caught fire. Pilots of the ATR 42 aircraft (registration 5N-BRQ) operated by Overland Airways sent a distress signal to the control tower after one of the aircraft’s engines developed “an unusual high turbine temperature” as the flight was approaching the facility. Airport officials activated emergency procedures and the aircraft landed safely. All those on board then disembarked the aircraft without any injuries. The aircraft was performing flight OF1188 to Lagos from Ilorin at the time of the incident.
Honduras (Security threat level – 4): On 15 June 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa issued a Weather Alert, which reads in part as follows: “The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the formation of Tropical Storm Bonnie could reach Honduran territory this weekend with the potential to convert into a Category 1 hurricane. The disturbance is expected to move from southwestern Caribbean in a northwesterly direction near eastern Nicaragua and Honduras, bringing very heavy rains to the area. National Hurricane Center forecasters said the disturbance will drift over the Gulf of Honduras through early Saturday and its strongest winds will reach the south-central Caribbean and Gulf of Honduras.”
Mali (Security threat level – 5) : On 16 June 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Mali issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows: “The U.S. Embassy in Mali advises U.S. citizens that a terrorist attack in Bamako may be planned targeting Malian government offices, the airport, and/or locations frequented by Westerners including diplomatic facilities, hotels, and restaurants.
“The U.S. Embassy has taken the following additional steps in response to the ongoing security threats: