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Russia (Security threat level – 4): At approximately 1900 local time (1600 UTC) on 17 October 2022, a Russian military aircraft conducting a training flight crashed into a multi-story apartment building in the southwestern city of Yeysk, located in Russia’s Krasnodar region. The crash caused a large explosion and fire at the site, killing 13 people and injuring 19 others. Emergency personnel rescued 68 people during search and rescue operations. Two crew members abord the Sukhoi Su-34 aircraft successfully ejected shortly before the crash. Russian military officials claim that engine failure during takeoff caused the crash. Russia’s Investigative Committee has launched a criminal probe into the event.


Haiti (Security threat level – 5): On the afternoon of 17 October 2022, police officers forcibly dispersed protesters who had gathered outside the main entrance of the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince during demonstrations to demand the departure of Prime Minister Ariel Henry and to oppose foreign military intervention in Haiti. Local media reported that officers fired tear gas and live ammunition to disperse the crowd. However, there were no reports of casualties connected to the incident. The demonstrations coincided with a split vote in the U.N. Security Council regarding whether to deploy an international force to Haiti to assist the government in combating widespread gang violence and a cholera outbreak.


Belgium (Security threat level – 3): On the afternoon of 18 October 2022, authorities at Brussels South Charleroi Airport (EBCI/CRL), located in the city of Charleroi, Wallonia region, suspended all departing flights until further notice due to an ongoing strike action by airport security personnel that began on 17 October. Earlier in the day, passengers attempted to breach blockades set up by the protesting workers in order to make their flights. Three TUI fly Belgium airline flights bound for the Moroccan cities of Oujda and Rabat and the Spanish city of Palma de Mallorca were diverted to depart from Brussels Airport (EBBR/BRU) as a result of the strike.

France (Security threat level – 3): On 18 October 2022, trade unions in France are staging a one-day nationwide strike to call for higher wages amid increasing inflation rates. Regional rail services in the country are significantly disrupted, with only about 50% of scheduled trains expected to operate for the day. Accompanying demonstrations are anticipated to occur throughout the country; protesters in Paris were scheduled to begin a rally at approximately 1400 local time (1200 UTC). The countrywide strike comes amid recent work stoppages by employees at major oil refineries, causing fuel shortages across France.


Chile (Security threat level – 2): On 17 October 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Santiago issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows: “There is the possibility of protests due to the anniversary of the “Estallido Social” (or social unrest) in Chile on Tuesday, October 18, in the Santiago Metropolitan Region and in some outlying communities of the Metropolitan Region.

“Prior protests in Santiago and around the country have been spontaneous and mobile with incidents of violence. Monitor local media for the most up-to-date information regarding active protests.”