ASIA China (Security threat level – 3): On 23 November...
Argentina (Security threat level – 3): On the afternoon of 10 March 2022, demonstrators clashed with police officers near the Argentine National Congress building in the capital Buenos Aires. Police officers fired rubber bullets at demonstrators and attempted to cordon off the streets surrounding the congressional building as protesters threw stones and at least one Molotov cocktail at the officers. The demonstrators also started several fires in front of the building and broke multiple windows. One police officer was injured in the violence.
The demonstration turned violent while legislators in the Chamber of Deputies debated whether to approve a deal with the International Monetary Fund that would restructure the repayment of 45 billion U.S. dollars of state debt and would likely entail austerity measures. The legislation was ratified early on 11 March and will now be debated in the Senate. Additional protests may occur later on 11 March in response.
United States (Security threat level – 2): At approximately 1040 local time (1840 UTC) on 10 March 2022, a commuter train carrying approximately 75 people crashed into a construction crane in the California town of San Bruno, located in San Francisco’s Bay Area. The southbound Caltrain 506 caught fire after striking the crane. Emergency crews at the scene extinguished the flames shortly afterward. At least 13 people were injured in the event, including a crane operator and the train engineer; however, none of the injuries were life-threatening. Train services in the area remain disrupted on 11 March, and buses have been deployed to accommodate passengers traveling between South San Francisco and Millbrae stations. Caltrain officials are collaborating with the National Transportation Safety Board to establish the cause of the crash.
United States (Security threat level – 2): On 10 March 2022, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) extended the countrywide requirement for travelers over 2 years of age to wear face masks at airports, bus and train stations — as well as aboard passenger aircraft, public buses and trains — through 18 April. Airline passengers are required to wear face masks at TSA screening checkpoints at airports, and anyone who refuses to do so may be denied entry to secure areas of airports to board their flights. Passengers aboard U.S.-bound international flights are also required to wear face masks upon arrival at the airport. Violators could be subject to civil penalties. The requirement, which was initially enacted in January 2021 to limit the spread of COVID-19, was set to expire on 18 March following the previous extension.
India / Pakistan (Security threat levels – 3 / 5): On 10 March 2022, Pakistani military authorities stated that a high-speed missile which originated in the northern Indian city of Sirsa, Haryana, landed near the eastern Pakistani city of Mian Channu — located approximately 225 km (140 mi) southwest of Lahore. There were no reports of damage or injuries. According to Pakistani military officials, the missile entered Pakistani territory at approximately 1845 local time (1345 UTC) on 9 March while cruising at an altitude of 12,192 m (40,000 ft). The Indian government maintains that the missile was accidently fired due to a technical malfunction.
Turkey (Security threat level – 3): On 11 March 2022, Turkish Airlines has canceled more than 200 flights out of Istanbul Airport (FLTM/IST) and nearby Sabiha Gökçen Airport (LFTJ/SAW) due to heavy snowfall. At least 70 of those cancellations include international flights. The airline has warned passengers that the number of cancellations may increase due to the inclement weather.
Ukraine (Security threat level – 5): On 11 March 2022, the ongoing Russian military offensive in Ukraine has intensified further as new airstrikes are being reported in the eastern city of Dnipro as well as at airfields in the western cities of Ivano-Frankivsk and Lutsk. Heavy fighting continues in other Ukrainian cities, such as Chernihiv, Mariupol and Oskil. Many of the attacks are targeting residential buildings, hospitals and other civilian facilities, and have resulted in multiple civilian injuries, as well as the loss of electricity, heat and water. Meanwhile, a massive Russian military convoy stationed to the northwest of the capital Kyiv has reportedly repositioned to nearby areas in a likely attempt to prepare for a ground assault on the capital. A U.S. defense official stated the previous day that the convoy had traveled about 5 km (3 mi) toward Kyiv over the past 24 hours; the convoy had largely stalled in recent days due to suspected logistical issues, including fuel and food shortages.
Israel (Security threat level – 4): At approximately 1400 local time (1200 UTC) on 11 March 2022, a vehicle exploded on Eilat Boulevard in the Kiryat Haim neighborhood of Haifa in what authorities believe was a criminal assassination attempt. Three people were injured, including the driver of the vehicle and a bystander. However, there were no fatalities. Authorities are investigating the explosion.
Mozambique (Security threat level – 4): At approximately 0300 local time (0100 UTC) on 11 March 2022, Tropical Cyclone Gombe made landfall near the town of Nacala in northern Nampula province, with wind speeds of up to 165 kph (100 mph) and gusts exceeding 200 kph. Heavy rainfall and strong winds felled trees, ripped roofs off buildings and collapsed a bridge; the loss of the bridge isolated more than 32,000 residents in the towns of Mulela and Nabur from the Pebane village district headquarters. Authorities have been unable to reach Nampula’s coastal districts following the storm’s passage. Local media reports indicate that most of Nampula province has lost access to electricity, water and telecommunications services. U.N. officials estimate that the storm will likely impact at least 500,000 people in the region; thus far, there have been no reports of casualties.
South Pacific Islands (Security threat level – 1): On 10 March 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, issued a Health Alert regarding Vanuatu, which reads in part as follows: “The Vanuatu Ministry of Health announced March 9 community transmission of the COVID-19 virus was detected on additional islands within the country. All of Vanuatu is now at Alert Level 3, and the 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. curfew is now in effect for all areas of Vanuatu. As curfews can be announced and/or extended with little or no advance warning, U.S. citizens should make immediate preparations for the possibility of extended lockdowns, which may cause disruption to supply chains of essential items such as medication, food, and fuel. Domestic travel between islands and inbound international flights remain prohibited.”