ASIA China (Security threat level – 3): On 23 November...
China (Security threat level – 3): On 23 November 2022, hundreds of Apple iPhone assembly factory workers clashed with riot police in the city of Zhengzhou, located in central Henan province, amid a protest against deferred bonuses, food shortages and heightened COVID-19 prevention restrictions. Video footage circulating online shows the workers verbally confronting police officers in hazmat suits after tearing down barriers placed around the factory prior to the deployment of riot police to the scene. The protesters then engaged in physical altercations with riot police upon the latter’s arrival. Police officers deployed tear gas to disperse the protesters and detained several workers involved in the clashes. There were no reports of casualties. The factory in Zhengzhou, operated by the Foxconn Technology Group, is the world’s largest Apple iPhone-producing plant.
Israel (Security threat level – 4): At approximately 0700 local time (0500 UTC) on 23 November 2022, an explosion occurred at a bus station in the Givat Shaul area of Jerusalem — located at the main entrance to East Jerusalem from the West Bank. A second explosion occurred approximately 30 minutes later at nearby Ramot Junction in Jerusalem. At least one person was killed while 22 others sustained injuries in the explosions. Authorities believe the explosives were detonated remotely and are treating the blasts as a coordinated attack. So far, there has been no claim of responsibility for the bombings. Israeli police have raised their alert level for Jerusalem following the attack.
Analyst Comment: The bombings occurred amid a months-long uptick in violence in the West Bank. Over the past several months, Israeli security personnel have carried out a number of raids in West Bank cities — such as Jenin and Nablus — while armed and lone-wolf attacks against settlers and members of the Israeli military have intensified in the West Bank.
Turkey (Security threat level – 3): Shortly after 0400 local time (0100 UTC) on 23 November 2022, a 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck 16 km (10 mi) west of the city of Düzce — located approximately 170 km northwest of the capital Ankara — at an estimated depth of 10 km, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Severe shaking was reported within the immediate vicinity of the quake’s epicenter in Düzce, while very strong shaking was felt in the nearby cities of Akçakoca and Eregli. Light shaking was felt in Istanbul and Ankara. Several buildings in Düzce sustained damage and power outages occurred across the surrounding province. At least one person was killed and 68 others suffered injuries in Düzce and the surrounding area due to the quake.