ASIA China (Security threat level – 3): On 23 November...
Democratic Republic Of The Congo (Security threat level – 5): On 21 September 2022, security personnel fired tear gas at doctors who had gathered in the municipality of Gombé, located in the capital Kinshasa, to demand higher wages and improved working conditions. Approximately 2,000 doctors staged the protest in Kinshasa, as well as other cities, following a two-month strike. At least two police officers suffered minor injuries during clashes with protesters. The National Union of Doctors (SYNAMED) and the Free Union of Doctors (SYLMED) organized the demonstrations.
Russia (Security threat level – 5): On 21 September 2022, demonstrations broke out throughout Russia, including St. Petersburg and the capital Moscow, after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial deployment of the Russian military’s reserve forces. In Moscow, police officers wearing anti-riot gear surrounded protesters in the city center and arrested at least 530 people. Nearly 500 others were detained in St. Petersburg for participating in the unauthorized protests. Local reports indicate that more than 1,320 people were arrested during demonstrations in at least 41 cities across the country.
Belgium (Security threat level – 2): On 21 September 2022, approximately 10,000 demonstrators gathered in central Brussels, the capital, to protest rising inflation rates. Multiple trade unions organized the protest to demand higher wages and energy price subsidies. Transportation services were disrupted and traffic was blocked in the city center during the demonstration.
Israel (Security threat level – 4): At approximately 0115 local time on 22 September 2022 (2215 UTC on 21 September), a Palestinian motorist rammed a vehicle through a security barrier at Ben Gurion Airport (LLBG/TLV), located approximately 25 km (15 mi) southeast of Tel Aviv. Security personnel fired a shot at the vehicle, after which the motorist drove away. Authorities located the abandoned vehicle near a gas station on the airport premises and later detained the suspect who was hiding in bushes nearby. There were no reports of injuries due to the incident. Authorities also temporarily imposed a lockdown at the airport; however, there were no reports of flight disruptions.
Bahamas / Bermuda / Canada / Dominican Republic / Turks and Caicos Islands (Security threat levels – 2 / 1 / 2 / 3 / 2): As of 0800 local time (1200 UTC) on 22 September 2022, Hurricane Fiona — a Category 4 storm — was located approximately 735 km (455 mi) southwest of the island of Bermuda and about 1,950 km south-southwest of the Canadian city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. At that time, Fiona was moving north-northeast at a speed of 20 kph (13 mph) with maximum sustained winds of 215 kph and higher gusts. The storm is projected to continue north and undergo additional strengthening before passing to the west of Bermuda on the evening of 22 September. Fiona is then forecast to pass near Nova Scotia on 23 September, then move across the province the following day before heading out to the Gulf of St. Lawrence. On 20 September the U.S. Department of State raised its Travel Advisory for Bermuda to Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) due to Fiona’s expected effects and authorized the voluntary departure of family members of U.S. government employees from the island.
The hurricane is expected to produce the following rainfall: 50-100 mm (2-4 in) in Bermuda; 75-150 mm in the Canadian provinces of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, with isolated maximums of up to 255 mm; 50-130 mm in the eastern Quebec province; and 25-75 mm in New Brunswick province. Swells producing dangerous surf and riptide conditions will continue to affect the northern coastline of Hispaniola island, the Turks and Caicos islands, and the southeastern and Bahamas islands. These swells will likely spread to affect the northwestern Bahamas, the eastern U.S. coastline and Bermuda by the early morning of 22 September. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Bermuda.
The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency reported two storm-related deaths in Puerto Rico and two more in the Dominican Republic following the passage of the hurricane. Meanwhile, U.S. President Joe Biden approved a disaster declaration for Puerto Rico to assist with recovery efforts, as more than 1 million residents remain without electricity. More than 500,000 people in the U.S. territory do not have access to clean water. In the Dominican Republic, approximately 800 people were evacuated from the coastal areas. Officials in Turks and Caicos reported minimal damage due to the hurricane.
Mexico (Security threat level – 4): On the evening of 21 September 2022, gunmen opened fire on patrons at a bar located on Independencia Street in the central area of Tarimoro municipality, Guanajuato state. The perpetrators killed 10 people at the Jarras bar and left signs with threatening messages before fleeing the scene. Authorities believe the attackers belong to the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel and targeted the bar and its patrons due to their association with the Jalisco New Generation cartel.
Mexico (Security threat level – 4): At approximately 0115 local time (0615 UTC) on 22 September 2022, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck nearly 50 km (30 mi) north-northeast of the city of Aguililla in Michoacán state at an estimated depth of 24 km, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Light to moderate shaking was reported in the tourist destination of Puerto Vallarta, located nearly 220 km away from the earthquake’s epicenter, as well as in the capital Mexico City. A woman died in Mexico City’s Cuauhtémoc neighborhood after falling down a flight of stairs as she evacuated her residence. Power outages affected approximately 312,000 customers in Mexico City and in the nearby state of Mexico. In Michoacán, officials reported damage at a residence and landslides on the highway connecting the coastline with the states of Guerrero and Michoacán.
Taiwan (Security threat level – 2): On 22 September 2022, a Cabinet spokesperson announced that Taiwan’s mandatory COVID-19 quarantine policy for arriving travelers is set to end on 13 October as authorities continue to rescind the island’s remaining coronavirus entry requirements for visitors. Currently, all inbound travelers — regardless of their vaccination status — are required to quarantine for three days before being allowed to transit through Taiwan. Additionally, beginning on 29 September, visa-free entry to Taiwan will resume for all travelers from countries that had visa-free status prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mali (Security threat level – 5): On 21 September 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Bamako issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows: “The Embassy has received reports of multiple gatherings in Bamako to celebrate Malian Independence Day on September 22, 2022. These gatherings are expected to cause substantial traffic disruptions and road closures in the afternoon. Travel on all bridges is expected to be disrupted.
“Specific reports include:
The full text of the alert is available here.