Worldview Security update – February 7, 2019
7-Feb-19

AMERICAS

Argentina (Security threat level – 3): On 7 February 2019, hundreds of metalworkers from the SIAM de Avellaneda company partially blocked access to the Pueyrredón Bridge in Buenos Aires to demand the reinstatement of four dismissed employees. The protesters also called on the governor of the province of Buenos Aires to intervene and resolve the dispute. There were no reports of arrests or protest-related violence.

ASIA

India (Security threat level – 3): On 7 February 2019, a fire broke out at the Metro Hospitals and Heart Institute in Sector 12 of Noida, which is a suburb of New Delhi. There were no reports of casualties, and approximately 40 patients were transferred to other hospitals. Officials stated that they suspected a short circuit started the fire, though the exact cause remains unknown.

India (Security threat level – 3): On 7 February 2019, heavy snowfall caused the cancellation of all flights to and from Sheikh ul-Alam International Airport (VISR/SXR) in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir state, for the second day in a row. Airport authorities stated that flights would resume once visibility improved. Ground transportation was also affected, as the Jammu-Srinagar highway was closed due to snowfall and landslides.

EUROPE

Germany (Security threat level – 3): On 7 February 2019, ground handling workers employed by Aviapartner went on strike at Düsseldorf International Airport (EDDL/DUS) and Hannover Airport (EDDV/HAJ), disrupting operations. The strike, which lasted from 0300 to 1100 local time (0200 to 1000 UTC), resulted in the cancellation of at least 56 flights at Düsseldorf Airport. Delays were also reported at both airports; however, there were fewer disruptions at Hannover Airport, as Aviapartner handles fewer flights. Knock-on effects, including further delays and cancellations, are possible throughout the day on 7 February. The Ver.di union called for the strike against Aviapartner, which handles approximately 60 percent of departures at Düsseldorf Airport, due to an ongoing negotiation over pay and working conditions.

Italy (Security threat level – 3): According to reports on 6 February 2019, the Or.SA Ferrovie union has called on members employed by Trenitalia, the primary train operator in Italy, to launch a 23-hour strike on 8 February. The strike will begin at 0300 local time (0200 UTC) on 8 February and ticketing staff and assistance staff are expected to participate; train drivers and captains will also strike from 0900 to 1700 local time on 8 February. Disruptions are expected and travelers are advised to review trips planned on 8 February.

Sweden (Security threat level – 2) : On 7 February 2019, Norwegian Air flight DY4321 returned to Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport (ESSA/ARN) after receiving a bomb threat. The Boeing 737-800 had been en route from Stockholm to Nice Côte d’Azur Airport (LFMN/NCE) in France, when it received the threat. The aircraft returned to Arlanda Airport at approximately 1115 local time (1015UTC) and all 169 passengers disembarked safely without issue. Authorities are currently investigating the bomb threat. Airport authorities stated that the incident is not affecting airport operations.




GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Albania (Security threat level – 3): On 7 February 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Albania, which reads in part as follows:

  • “Opposition parties have announced their intention to hold a major demonstration in central Tirana on 16 February 2019. This follows large demonstrations in January and May last year. Further large-scale protests are possible. You should check the local media for the latest information, remain vigilant and avoid any demonstrations.”

  • Bahrain (Security threat level – 3): On 7 February 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Bahrain, which reads in part as follows:

  • “There have been calls for unauthorised protests, starting on 7 February in unspecified locations across the country. Follow news reports and be alert to local and regional developments, which may trigger public disturbances.”

  • Ethiopia (Security threat level – 4): On 7 February 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa issued a Security Alert regarding the African Union Summit, which reads in part as follows:

  • “Event: The African Union Summit is taking place February 7-11, 2019. With the planned events and arrivals of Heads of State attending these events, please anticipate traffic congestion, road closures, and lane restrictions for VIP convoys. Expect police checkpoints for both vehicle and pedestrian traffic on routes around or near the AU and hotels where VIPs are staying.
  • “The Addis Ababa Police Commission announced the following roads will be blocked for the Summit. Parking will not be allowed on either side of these roads. Embassy personnel are advised to avoid the areas/routes below:
  • The route between Parliament and Bole International Airport via Meskel Square.
    Roads leading from Parliament to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mexico Square, and all areas surrounding the African Union.
  • Roads from Parliament to the Sheraton Hotel, the Ambassador Theatre and Ministry of Defense. The roads will be blocked for VIP motorcades and parking will not be allowed in these areas.”

  • Haiti (Security threat level – 4): On 6 February 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows:

  • “On Thursday, February 7, 2019, a large protest is planned in Port-au-Prince, scheduled to begin at 10:00am and conclude at approximately 3:00pm. The planned protest route will affect portions of downtown Port-au-Prince and Petionville, including the areas of Champs de Mars, Poste Marchand, Bel Air, Delmas 18, La Saline, Avenue Pan American and Avenue John Brown. The embassy has instructed all employees to avoid these areas during this time.
  • “In addition, out of an abundance of caution, the embassy has instructed its employees to remain at their residences between 6:00pm February 6 and 7:00am February 7. The embassy will open two hours late on February 7. The embassy is also requiring children of U.S. employees to not go to school on February 7, as the protest route is expected to affect routes home at the end of the school day.”

  • Haiti (Security threat level – 4): On 7 February 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows:

  • “Locations:
  • Blvd 15 October near Belmart
  • Route de Freres between the HNP Academy and Vivy Mitchell Police Station
  • Delmas 30
  • Intersection of Delmas 31 and Route de Delmas
  • Intersection of Delmas 19 and Route de Delmas
  • Delmas 48
  • Caradeux
  • Gerald Bataille Intersection
  • Towns of Jacmel, Petit Goave, Fort Liberte.
  • “Events: Reports of roadblocks in the above areas.”

  • South Africa (Security threat level – 4): On 6 February 2019, the U.S. Mission to South Africa issued a Security Alert regarding Durban student protests, which reads in part as follows:

  • “Location: Durban, South Africa
  • “Event: Protest Action at Tertiary Education Campuses. Student protest are ongoing at all campuses of Durban University of Technology (DUT), University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) and Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) and may continue. Protests have resulted in property damages and one fatality. The Consulate has received police reports that violence may erupt tonight at UKZN.”

  • South Africa (Security threat level – 4): On 6 February 2019, the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg issued a Demonstration Alert regarding a protest planned on 8 February, which reads in part as follows:

  • “Location: U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg; 1 Sandton Drive; Sandhurst
  • “Event: The South African Communist Party (SACP) is planning to demonstrate outside the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg on Friday, February 8, 2019, from 10 am until 1 pm. Up to 100 demonstrators are expected to gather at the corner of Sandton and Rivonia Drive. Disruptions to motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic are likely in the vicinity of the Consulate.”

  • Security threat levels range from 1 (Very Low) to 5 (Very High) and are determined using a comprehensive system that utilizes both qualitative and quantitative analysis. The primary factors used to determine a location’s security threat level are Armed Conflict, Crime, Demonstrations/Strikes, Ethnic/Sectarian Tensions, Graft/Corruption, Kidnapping, Political Instability, Government Restriction and Terrorism.