ASIA China (Security threat level – 3): On 23 November...
North Korea / South Korea (Security threat levels – 3 / 2): At approximately 1700 local time (0800 UTC) on 14 October 2022, the North Korean military fired approximately 200 artillery rounds into maritime buffer zones near North and South Korea’s western sea boundary. In addition, 80 artillery rounds were fired into waters near the countries’ eastern sea boundary. None of the shells fell in South Korean territorial waters. The maritime buffer zones — where the artillery shells landed — were established between the two rivals in 2018 to prevent accidental conflict. Earlier in the day, at least 10 North Korean fighter aircraft flew as close as 12 km (7 mi) to the border with South Korea, fired approximately 170 rounds of artillery shells toward the sea and test-fired a short-range ballistic missile that landed in the East Sea.
Mexico (Security threat level – 4): As of 0700 local time (1200 UTC) on 14 September 2022, Tropical Strom Karl was located approximately 145 km (90 mi) north-northwest of Ciudad del Carmen and was moving southeast at a speed of 9 kph (6 mph), according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. At that time, Karl had maximum sustained winds of 65 kph with higher gusts. The storm is forecast to turn south or south-southwest over the Bay of Campeche before making landfall in Veracruz or Tabasco state on the night of 14 October or early on 15 October. Following landfall, Karl is expected to weaken rapidly and dissipate in southern Mexico by the nighttime hours of 15 October.
Karl is expected to produce 5-13 cm (2-5 in) of rain in parts of Chiapas, Oaxaca, Tabasco and Veracruz states through the morning of 16 October, with isolated maximums of up to 25 cm. The heavy rainfall could cause flash floods and landslides in the affected areas. Additionally, storm-generated swells are likely to cause hazardous surf and riptide conditions along the coastline over the next 48 hours. A Tropical Storm Warning is currently in effect from the city of Alvarado in Veracruz state to Sabancuy in Campeche state.
United States (Security threat level – 2): On the evening of 13 October 2022, a gunman opened fire along a walking trail in the eastern Hedingham neighborhood of Raleigh, the state capital of North Carolina. Five people — including an off-duty police officer — were killed and two more were wounded. Authorities later arrested the assailant in a nearby home. The motive for the shooting is unknown.
Israel / Palestinian territories (Security threat levels – 4 / 5): On 13 October 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows: “The U.S. Embassy is monitoring ongoing violent clashes in several East Jerusalem neighborhoods and in the West Bank.
“During the rest of the high holiday period (through October 17), there will be increased security, road closures, long lines, and heavy traffic congestion in Jerusalem. In response to threats, Israeli Security Forces (ISF) are being deployed in heavier than usual numbers throughout Israel, but mainly concentrated in Jerusalem near the Old City area. U.S. citizens traveling or touring during this period should expect impromptu roadblocks, inspection and screening areas, and road closures.
“The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to exercise caution in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and in the Old City, particularly around the Damascus, Lion’s, and Herod’s gates. Damascus Gate remains off limits to U.S. government employees and their family members.”
Slovakia (Security threat level – 2): On 14 October 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Location: A march through Old Town beginning at Teplaren Bar, Zamocka Street, and ending at SNP Square
“Time: Vigil and march begins at 17:00; remarks at SNP Square are scheduled to begin around 17:30