ASIA China (Security threat level – 3): On 23 November...
Australia (Security threat level – 2): At approximately 1800 local time (0830 UTC) on 4 June 2019, a gunman opened fire on individuals inside the Palms Motel in Darwin, Northern Territory. The gunman reportedly entered the facility armed with a shotgun, perpetrated the shootings and subsequently fled the scene; police officers apprehended the shooter approximately 45 minutes later. At least four people were killed and several others were wounded in the shooting. Authorities stated that the incident was not terrorism-related.
United Kingdom (Security threat level – 2): On 4 June 2019, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators are expected to march through central London in response to an ongoing state visit by U.S. President Donald Trump. The march began at Trafalgar Square at 1100 local time (1000 UTC) and is expected to conclude at Parliament Square. Police officers have established several roadblocks in central London and banned demonstrators from approaching Downing Street. Demonstrations are also scheduled in Birmingham, Chester, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leicester, Oxford, Sheffield and Stoke. In July 2018, approximately 250,000 people participated in a similar march during a visit by President Trump to the United Kingdom.
Sudan (Security threat level – 5): Scattered incidents of violence were reported across Sudan, including in Khartoum, on 4 June 2019. Reports indicate the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) unit continues to patrol the streets and accost civilians, but there have been no reports of fatalities thus far. Khartoum International Airport (HSSS/KRT) is reportedly open, but travelers should plan for delays and possible disruptions, as the Sudanese Aviation Professionals Association (SAPA) has announced it will participate in civil disobedience. Additionally, Emirates Airline has suspended flights between Khartoum and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, citing unrest.
Meanwhile, on 4 June, Sudan’s ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) announced that it had halted negotiations with opposition leaders and had scrapped the existing agreement between the two parties. The TMC further stated that it plans to organize snap elections within nine months. Sudanese opposition forces — headed principally by the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) — rejected the government’s call for early elections and continued to call for civil disobedience and protests. The two parties had previously settled on a three-year period for Sudan’s transition to a full civilian government.
The TMC’s announcement follows Sudanese security forces’ efforts on 3 June to violently disperse sit-in protesters in central Khartoum and elsewhere in Sudan. According to the Central Commission of Sudanese Doctors, at least 35 protesters were killed and several hundred others were injured during the raids, in which security forces used live ammunition to disperse protesters. Several Western governments, including the U.S., U.K. and Germany, have denounced the Sudanese military’s use of force.
Burkina Faso (Security threat level – 4): On 3 June 2019, the U.S. Department of State issued an updated travel advisory for Burkina Faso, which reads in part as follows:
“Do Not Travel to the following regions due to crime, terrorism, and kidnapping:
“Do Not Travel to the following parts of the city of Ouagadougou due to terrorism and crime:
Honduras (Security threat level – 4): On 3 June 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows:
Liberia (Security threat level – 4): On 3 June 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows:
Mexico (Security threat level – 4): On 3 June 2019, the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows:
Sudan (Security threat level – 5): On 3 June 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows:
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.