Worldview Security Update – June 26, 2020
26-Jun-20

AMERICAS

Belize / Colombia (Security threat levels – 3 / 4): On 25 June 2020, authorities in Belize announced that Philip Goldson International Airport (MZBZ/BZE) will reopen on 15 August to all flights as part of the third phase of a five-phase plan to reopen the economy; the airport has been closed since 23 March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The government has yet to announce official dates for the reopening of Belize’s land borders and ports or provide information on any specific entry requirements for international travelers.

In Colombia, President Iván Duque issued a decree allowing restaurants and religious centers in municipalities with low number of COVID-19 cases to resume in-person services as of 1 July. Local officials and the Ministry of Interior will coordinate to determine the criteria for reopenings in specific municipalities. Customers and staff members at restaurants and religious centers will be required to strictly adhere to social distancing requirements such as mandatory use of face masks. Previously, only restaurants and religious centers in municipalities with no cases of COVID-19 were allowed to resume in-person services.

Mexico (Security threat level – 4): As of the late morning hours of 26 June 2020, a significant number of police officers remain deployed in central Mexico City — where Paseo de la Reforma, a major thoroughfare, is closed to traffic — following an attack on the city’s Secretary of Citizen Security in the Lomas de Chapultepec area. Multiple gunmen attacked the secretary with high caliber weapons as he transited the thoroughfare; the secretary suffered injuries but is being treated at a nearby hospital in stable condition. At least three people were killed and seven others were injured during the shooting. Thus far, authorities have arrested 12 individuals in connection to the attack. The secretary later asserted on social media that the Jalisco New Generation Cartel was responsible for the shooting.

ASIA

India (Security threat level – 3): On 26 June 2020, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) extended India’s ongoing international commercial flight ban until at least 15 July due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cargo and private aircraft approved by the DGCA are exempt from the order. Additionally, repatriation flights will continue. Authorities initially suspended international commercial flights on 22 March.

EUROPE

United Kingdom (Security threat level – 3): On 26 June 2020, an assailant stabbed and wounded at least sixpeople on West George Street in central Glasgow, Scotland. Local reports indicate that the stabbing occurred in a stairwell of the Park Inn Hotel. Police officers shot and killed a male suspect. At least one police officer was critically injured and is receiving treatment at a hospital. Authorities have stated that they are not pursuing any other suspects in relation to the stabbing and there is no further threat to the public at this time. 

There is currently a heavy presence of police officers and emergency personnel near the hotel on West George Street, which has been shut down for use by pedestrians and vehicular traffic. Police officers are likely to remain at the scene at least through the evening hours. While no information has emerged regarding a potential motive of the perpetrator, such recent stabbings that occurred elsewhere in the U.K. were perpetrated by individuals inspired by militant Islamist groups.

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Iraq (Security threat level – 5): On 26 June 2020, a lockdown is scheduled to go into effect in the city of Erbil from 2000-0500 local time (1700-0200 UTC) in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The nightly lockdown will continue until at least 3 July. Public sites – including stores, restaurants, parks and places of worship – will close during the lockdown hours. Additionally, all non-essential travel will be banned.

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Rwanda / Côte d’Ivoire (Security threat levels – 3 / 4): On 25 June 2020, Rwanda’s Ministry of Local Government imposed a 15-day lockdown of several villages across Kigali province, including in Kicukiro and Nyarugenge districts, in order to curb the spread of COVID-19. The affected villages are Kadobogo, Kamabuye, Gisenga, Nyenyeri, Rugano and Zuba. A nationwide nightly curfew also remains in effect from 2100 to 0500 local time (1900 to 0300 UTC). Face masks are required in public at all times, and other social distancing measures remain in place. Rwanda’s borders remain closed, but charter aircraft are allowed.

In Côte d’Ivoire, the National Security Council announced on 26 June that international flights may resume on 1 July. Domestic flights resumed on 26 June. Passengers will be subject to health checks and follow-up checks while in Côte d’Ivoire. Abidjan’s Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport (DIAP/ABJ) is one of the busiest air traffic hubs in West Africa. It is currently unknown when Côte d’Ivoire’s land and sea borders will reopen.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Gambia (Security threat level – 3): On 25 June 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Banjul issued a Demonstration Alert regarding a planned protest in the city, which reads in part as follows:

"Location: Kairaba Avenue, between Pipeline Mosque and the U.S. Embassy

"Event: On Saturday, June 27 between 10:00 and 11:00, a demonstration is expected in front of the Embassy to protest current events in the United States.

"While The Gambia is under a State of Public Emergency limiting public gatherings, there are reports that the organizers have been granted a permit to proceed with the protest.

"Due to COVID-19, U.S. government personnel are in maximum telework status, and have been advised to avoid the area of the Embassy on June 27. The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy and American corners remain closed to visitors and staff."

The full text of the alert is available here .