ASIA China (Security threat level – 3): On 23 November...
Sudan (Security threat level – 5): At approximately 1430 local time (1230 UTC) on 25 October 2022, security personnel deployed tear gas to disperse more than 10,000 demonstrators who had gathered in the capital Khartoum to mark the one-year anniversary of the military takeover of government. The encounter with security personnel occurred as one group of demonstrators marched from southern Khartoum toward the presidential palace and another group marched across a bridge into Khartoum from the adjacent city of Omdurman toward the same location. Demonstrators were demanding the country’s military junta and its leader, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, relinquish power and return to their barracks. Information regarding arrests or injuries was not immediately available.
Bangladesh / India (Security threat levels – 4 / 3): At approximately 2100 local time (1500 UTC) on 24 October 2022, Cyclone Sitrang made landfall between the southern Bangladeshi islands of Tinkona and Sandwip with maximum sustained winds of up to 90 kph (55 mph) and produced a storm surge of approximately 3 m (10 ft) in height along the southern coast. As of 0530 local time on 25 October, the storm had weakened into a deep depression and was located approximately 150 km (90 mi) northeast of the capital Dhaka. Sitrang was moving at about 20 kph in a north-northeasterly direction and is forecast to weaken further in the coming hours.
More than 250,000 residents were evacuated from the southwestern coast of Bangladesh prior to the storm’s arrival. Sitrang uprooted trees, downed power lines and destroyed homes, leaving approximately 8 million people without electricity across the country. Heavy flooding occurred in Dhaka, as well as in the cities of Khulna and Barishal. Officials reported at least 24 storm-related deaths but warned that the full extent of casualties is unknown due to widespread telecommunications outages. Meanwhile in northeastern India, authorities canceled 10 commercial flights, while railway officials halted train services between Agartala, the state capital of Tripura, and the cities of Sabroom and Dharmanagar.
A moderate rainfall warning is currently in effect for the Indian states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura. A wind warning is in effect for the states of Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura, as well as for the Bay of Bengal and areas near the Bangladesh coast — as wind gusts of up to 40-50 kph are expected. Authorities are also warning of dangerous sea conditions and have advised maritime operators to avoid sailing near the Bay of Bengal until 1200 local time on 25 October.
United Kingdom (Security threat level – 3): Rishi Sunak, the new leader of the ruling Conservative Party, was officially appointed as the United Kingdom’s prime minister on 25 October 2022. Sunak, who previously served as the country’s chancellor of the exchequer under former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, was elected as the ruling party’s leader the previous day, following the resignation of outgoing Prime Minister Elizabeth Truss from the premiership on 20 October. Sunak has pledged to tackle economic issues, including high inflation rates and energy prices, which played a large role in the downfall of his predecessor.
Palestinian territories (Security threat level – 5): On the night of 24-25 October 2022, clashes occurred between Israeli security personnel and Palestinians in the West Bank city of Nablus. The fighting broke out during an Israeli security operation allegedly targeting the Lions’ Den armed group. Palestinian media sources reported gunfire and loud explosions in Nablus as Israeli security personnel launched drone strikes targeting the militant group. Palestinian officials stated that at least six Palestinians were killed and 21 more were wounded in the violence.
Guatemala (Security threat level – 4): On 24 October 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City issued an alert regarding nationwide planned demonstrations, which reads in part as follows: “The U.S. Embassy has received open-source reports that veterans of the Guatemalan Military may set up roadblocks and hold demonstrations throughout the country Tuesday, October 25 through Thursday, October 27.
“As always, the timing, size, and duration of planned demonstrations and roadblocks can change. Demonstrations can grow quickly in size and often move from one location to another, thus potentially disrupting movement. The Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens be aware and vigilant.”