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June 20, 2022

AMERICAS

Ecuador (Security threat level – 3): On the evening of 17 June 2022, President Guillermo Lasso declared a state of emergency for the provinces of Pichincha, Imbabura and Cotopaxi in response to recent anti-government protests. The order imposed a curfew from 2200-0500 local time (0300-1000 UTC) in the city of Quito, with exceptions for certain situations, including travel to and from the airport. The state of emergency allows for the deployment of military forces to areas of the aforementioned provinces where clashes between protesters and police officers have left at least 43 individuals injured and more than 37 others arrested. State of emergency powers also allow local authorities to monitor and censor social media content they deem likely to incite further unrest. Lasso also announced measures to appease select protester demands, such as slightly raising the monthly stipend for poorer individuals, freezing the current price of diesel fuel, and ordering the national bank to forgive overdue loans of up to 3,000 U.S. dollars. Disruptive demonstrations have frequently occurred in Ecuador in recent months due to fuel prices, environmental issues, growing agricultural section debt and indigenous rights issues.

Despite the declared state of emergency and curfew, protests continued throughout the weekend. Protesters throughout the country have targeted highways with their demonstrations, blocking roads with mounds of dirt and burning tires. On 19 June 2022, soldiers fired tear gas at protesters blockading the Pan-American highway near the Quito suburb of Calderon, located approximately 13 km (8 mi) northwest of the city center. The protester blockade had prevented passage on the highway since the declaration of the state of emergency on 17 June, when soldiers were deployed to the area to disperse protesters who were in violation of the curfew. There were no immediate reports of injuries connected to the incident. Additionally, hundreds of protesters entered Quito to demand greater action on the country’s economic issues. Additional protests and marches on the capital are expected in the coming days and the government has warned that increased violence is likely.

ASIA

India / Bangladesh (Security threat levels – 3 / 4): As of 20 June 2022, widespread flooding and landslides in northeastern India and Bangladesh — resulting from two weeks of heavy rainfall — have caused the deaths of at least 54 people and the displacement of up to 9 million more. Military personnel have been deployed to evacuate stranded residents and authorities have repurposed numerous buildings as relief centers. Bangladesh’s Sylhet administrative area has been heavily affected by the flooding, and up to 4 million people have been stranded. In the Indian state of Assam, 26 people have been killed and 4.5 million more have been displaced due to the effects of the rainfall. The severe weather has caused statewide power outages and flooded numerous roads, railway lines, bridges, businesses and homes.

Macau (Security threat level – 3): On 19 June 2022, health authorities in Macau announced that all residents will be required to participate in mass coronavirus testing as a part of “immediate prevention protocols” following the detection of 12 positive cases in the city within the prior 24 hours. Effective immediately, all schools, parks, museums and sports facilities will be temporarily closed to reduce crowds, and a total of 53 testing stations will be opened. Local government authorities have also ordered restaurants to suspend dine-in service and have advised residents to avoid leaving their residences, with exceptions for medical emergencies. Moreover, those seeking to depart Macau will be required to present the results of a negative PRC test taken within the previous 24 hours.

Sri Lanka (Security threat level – 4): Overnight on 18-19 June 2022, Sri Lankan security personnel fired live ammunition to disperse angry motorists at a gas station that had run out of fuel in the town of Vusuvamadu in Northern province. Four civilians and three security personnel were injured in the ensuing clash. Police officials stated that dozens of people threw stones at military trucks that arrived on the scene after the gas station ran out of fuel and the motorists began to riot. Military personnel are being deployed nationwide to guard gas stations amid fuel shortages.

EUROPE

Belgium (Security threat level – 3): On 20 June 2022, Belgian transportation authorities announced that all outbound passenger flights from Brussels Airport (EBBR/BRU) have been canceled due to an ongoing airport security personnel strike. Officials grounded 232 passenger flights, as the airport is unable to guarantee the safety of travelers in the absence of its security staff. Passengers arriving at the airport on inbound flights will still be able to disembark, but those with connecting flights should plan for prolonged layovers. Travelers with flights previously scheduled to depart on 20 June are urged to avoid the airport and to contact their airline for flight status updates.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Democratic Republic Of The Congo (Security threat level – 4): On 17 June 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa issued a Security Alert regarding armed clashes between the Congolese military and the M23 militant group in North Kivu province, which reads in part as follows: “U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa reports armed skirmishes and conflict have intensified in North Kivu Province as well as at the Rwanda border at Goma. U.S. citizens are advised to exercise extreme caution and defer travel in and through North Kivu Province, including the city of Goma. U.S. citizens are further advised that the hours of operation at the DRC-Rwanda border crossing at Goma may be variable and should be checked before attempting to cross.”

Haiti (Security threat level – 5) : On 20 June 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince issued a Security Alert regarding restricted travel, which reads in part as follows: “Due to heavy shooting and burning tire barricades in the area of Belmart, the Executive Villas (EV) Hotel, and in the ED1 area of Tabarre, travel for U.S. Embassy personnel is restricted between the Embassy and residential housing compounds only, until further notice.”

Jamaica (Security threat level – 3): On 17 June 2022, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice for Jamaica, which reads in part as follows: “A State of Emergency (SoE) is in place covering the whole of the parish of St Catherine. This allows the military to support the police in joint security operations in response to recent violence and shooting incidents. Police and military checkpoints may be established on roads, and full cooperation with security forces is recommended. It is possible that these or similar measures could be introduced anywhere in Jamaica with little notice.”

June 17, 2022

AMERICAS

Ecuador (Security threat level – 3): On 16 June 2022, leaders of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) vowed to indefinitely continue countrywide demonstrations against President Guillermo Lasso’s economic policies. Protest actions initially began on 13 June and have since escalated across the country. Roadblocks have disrupted access to the capital Quito from the northern and southern parts of the country. Clashes between protesters and police officers have also occurred in multiple locations. In Quito, protesters clashed with police officers at the central Plaza de Santo Domingo on 16 June. Protesters threw projectiles at police officers, who sprayed tear gas at the demonstrators in response. An unspecified number of protesters and police officers suffered injuries in the violence. According to the government, demonstrators have carried out several attacks on private property and damaged approximately 15 police vehicles. Authorities have arrested at least 20 people. The leader of CONAIE stated that at least 14 protesters have been injured so far. CONAIE is demanding that the government freeze fuel prices, declare a moratorium on famers’ debts and restrict the expansion of oil and mining projects.

ASIA

India (Security threat level – 3): On 17 June 2022, violent demonstrations against the recently announced “Agnipath” military recruitment scheme, which would lower the average age of military personnel and reduce pension expenditures, continued for a second consecutive day and spread across multiple locations in India. In Secunderabad — located adjacent to Hyderabad, the state capital of Telangana — nearly 500 demonstrators gathered at the city’s railway station and set fire to vacant carriages of a passenger train. Police officers used batons and fired live ammunition to disperse the demonstrators, who threw rocks and other projectiles at the officers. At least one protester was reportedly killed in Secunderabad and 15 others were injured. Rail services in the Secunderabad area have been suspended due to the clashes. Meanwhile, police officers in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, fired tear gas at protesters who had blockaded railroad tracks and were throwing stones at the officers. Similar violent clashes have been reported in other states, including Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

Thailand (Security threat level – 3): On 17 June 2022, health officials in Thailand announced that inbound foreign travelers will no longer be required to complete a pre-arrival registration for the Thailand Pass as of 1 July. At present, foreigners arriving in the country are required to submit vaccination certificates and insurance policies to acquire a Thailand Pass prior to their arrival. Although the pre-arrival registration mandate will be canceled, inbound travelers will still be required to show proof of full vaccination or negative results from a COVID-19 test for entry into the country. Face masks will also no longer be required outdoors except in crowded areas.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Bahamas (Security threat level – 2): On 16 June 2022, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice for the Bahamas, which reads in part as follows: “From 19 June 2022, fully vaccinated adult travellers will no longer require a negative COVID-19 test for entry into and inter-island journeys within The Bahamas.”

Colombia (Security threat level – 4): On 16 June 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Bogota issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows: “The second round of the presidential election process will take place in Colombia on Sunday, June 19, 2022. Colombian authorities will deploy large number of security personnel throughout the country in an effort to ensure a peaceful electoral process. The Colombian National Police Director General announced on June 14 that police will be on “maximum alert” after detecting plans by radical groups to reject the results of the election vote and commit acts of violence across the country.

“There is the potential for demonstrations, traffic disruptions, and visible police presence during the campaigns leading up to and on the day of the election. Even peaceful demonstrations have the potential to turn violent without any warning.

“Roads may be closed in major cities, including Bogota, on June 19. Land and sea borders will be closed from 6:00 pm on Saturday, June 18 until 6:00 am on Monday, June 20. Alcohol sales are restricted from 6:00 pm on Saturday, June 18 until noon on Monday, June 20.”

Pakistan (Security threat level – 5): On 17 June 2022, the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows: “The U.S. Consulate General in Karachi has received information suggesting potential drone-related threats against the U.S. Consulate General or other diplomatic or government buildings in or around Karachi. As a result of general threat reporting in May, local government officials banned all types of drones in southern Karachi. This ban remains in effect through mid-July 2022.

“During this time, U.S. government personnel in Karachi are required to seek shelter and notify Consulate security personnel if they see a drone in the vicinity of the U.S. Consulate General.”

June 16, 2022

AMERICAS

Mexico (Security threat level – 4): On 15 June 2022, authorities closed the port in the town of Puerto Escondido, located in Oaxaca state, due to the anticipated effects of Hurricane Blas. While the hurricane is projected to remain offshore, it will likely produce dangerous surf and riptide conditions along the southwestern coastline through 18 June. The coastal area of Oaxaca state recently sustained significant damage during the passage of Hurricane Agatha — a Category 2 storm that made landfall on 30 May near Puerto Angel, which is located approximately 80 km (50 mi) southeast of Puerto Escondido.

ASIA

India (Security threat level – 3): On 16 June 2022, violent protests broke out in the state of Bihar in response to the government’s announcement of the Agnipath scheme — a short-term military recruitment plan that involves the induction of at least 46,000 soldiers in the 17-21 age group for terms of no more than four years with no pension benefits following retirement. In the town of Chhapra, located approximately 45 km (30 mi) west of the state capital Patna, a passenger train was set on fire. Meanwhile in the Arrah district, demonstrators set up roadblocks near a railway station and threw rocks at police officers in the area. Security personnel fired tear gas at the protesters in an attempt to disperse the crowd. There were no immediate reports of injuries or arrests. Demonstrations against the government’s recruitment policy also occurred in other locations throughout Bihar, including in the districts of Aurangabad, Arwal, Bhagalpur, Buxar, Gaya, Jehanabad, Munger, Nawada, Saharsa and Siwan. In addition, associated protests occurred in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Tunisia (Security threat level – 3): On 16 June 2022, Tunisair canceled all international and domestic flights due to a countrywide general strike organized by the Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT). Additionally, all land and sea transportation has been suspended; public buses, trains and ferries will cease operations until 17 June. The UGTT called for the strike to protest President Kais Saied’s plan to cut public sector wages and reduce key subsidies that many working-class families are dependent upon even as the country’s inflation rate reached 7.8% the previous month. The prices of many staple grocery items and other goods have already increased significantly.

Analyst Comment: The Tunisian government is in a financial crisis and is seeking its fourth loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the last 10 years. Saied’s plan seeks to fulfill a demand from the IMF to reduce subsidies in exchange for a 4 billion U.S. dollar loan.

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Nigeria (Security threat level – 5): At approximately 1950 local time (1850 UTC) on 15 June 2022, a commercial aircraft with 33 passengers and four crew members on board made an emergency landing at Lagos’ Murtala Muhammed International Airport (DNMM/LOS) after one of the aircraft’s engines caught fire. Pilots of the ATR 42 aircraft (registration 5N-BRQ) operated by Overland Airways sent a distress signal to the control tower after one of the aircraft’s engines developed “an unusual high turbine temperature” as the flight was approaching the facility. Airport officials activated emergency procedures and the aircraft landed safely. All those on board then disembarked the aircraft without any injuries. The aircraft was performing flight OF1188 to Lagos from Ilorin at the time of the incident.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Honduras (Security threat level – 4): On 15 June 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa issued a Weather Alert, which reads in part as follows: “The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the formation of Tropical Storm Bonnie could reach Honduran territory this weekend with the potential to convert into a Category 1 hurricane. The disturbance is expected to move from southwestern Caribbean in a northwesterly direction near eastern Nicaragua and Honduras, bringing very heavy rains to the area. National Hurricane Center forecasters said the disturbance will drift over the Gulf of Honduras through early Saturday and its strongest winds will reach the south-central Caribbean and Gulf of Honduras.”

Mali (Security threat level – 5) : On 16 June 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Mali issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows: “The U.S. Embassy in Mali advises U.S. citizens that a terrorist attack in Bamako may be planned targeting Malian government offices, the airport, and/or locations frequented by Westerners including diplomatic facilities, hotels, and restaurants.

“The U.S. Embassy has taken the following additional steps in response to the ongoing security threats:

  • A curfew has been implemented for Embassy employees from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. daily.
  • Employee travel within Bamako may be limited.”

June 15, 2022

AMERICAS

Mexico (Security threat level – 4): On 14 June 2022, security personnel engaged in a shootout with suspected cartel members during an operation to counter organized crime in the town of Texcaltitlán, located approximately 130 km (80 mi) southwest of the capital Mexico City. The shootout left 11 alleged criminals dead and four others wounded; three police officers also suffered minor injuries. Authorities arrested seven suspects and confiscated 20 firearms, as well as protective gear and communications equipment.

ASIA

Philippines (Security threat level – 4): At approximately 1500 local time (0700 UTC) on 15 June 2022, all flights and ground operations at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (RPLL/MNL) were temporarily suspended due to a Lightning Red Alert issued by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). Airport officials advised travelers to contact their airlines for updates regarding the status of their flights. Flight operations resumed at approximately 1540 local time after PAGASA downgraded the lightning advisory to a Yellow Alert.

AUSTRALASIA

New Zealand (Security threat level – 1): According to reports on 15 June 2022, the New Zealand government is set to end pre-arrival COVID-19 testing requirements for all incoming travelers by early next week. The country’s travel and tourism industries have been lobbying the government to end the requirement in order to enhance recovery efforts after more than two years of limited tourism due to coronavirus-related entry restrictions. Many of New Zealand’s neighboring countries have already eliminated pre-arrival testing mandates for incoming foreign travelers.

EUROPE

Switzerland (Security threat level – 2): At approximately 0700 local time (0500 UTC) on 15 June 2022, the Swiss air traffic control agency Skyguide stated that all landings and takeoffs at Zurich Airport (LSZH/ZRH) and Geneva Airport (LSGG/GVA) were suspended due to an unspecified technical malfunction of the air traffic control system. Inbound flights to the airports were rerouted to EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg (LFSB/MLH) and Milan Malpensa Airport (LIMC/MXP). Air traffic resumed in a reduced capacity at Geneva Airport at 0800 local time, while operations recommenced at Zurich Airport by 1200 local time.

United Kingdom (Security threat level – 3): Railway workers are expected to observe work stoppages across the U.K. on 21, 23 and 25 June 2022. More than 40,000 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union from the Network Rail Limited and 13 train operators plan to participate in the labor strike on those days amid disputes over wages and redundancy assurances. Network Rail warns that about 50% of all train lines in the country will be shut down during the walkout, and passengers have been advised to avoid train travel unless it is essential. The three 24-hour-long strikes are anticipated to cause disruptions to train travel throughout the course of 21-26 June due to knock-on effects.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

El Salvador (Security threat level – 4): On 14 June 2022, the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador issued a Weather Alert, which reads in part as follows: “The National Hurricane Center in the United States (joined by the Ministry of the Environment and Civil Protection Agency in El Salvador) is tracking a low pressure system with the chance of developing into a tropical wave off the Pacific coast of El Salvador that is generating bands of showers and storms that will likely continue for the next few days. Civil Protection has issued Yellow Alerts (conditions exist for the likely development of dangerous weather events in the near future) for Metapán Municipality in the Santa Ana Department together with all coastal municipalities. The remainder of the country has been placed on Green Alert (conditions exist for the possible development of dangerous weather events). The Embassy has received reports of localized flooding in the streets of Santa Ana Municipality (with at least one evacuation being necessary) and mudslides that block roads in La Palma Municipality in Chalatenango Department. Additional rains are expected which may create dangerous floods and mudslides that can cause injuries, damage homes and businesses, and block roads.”

June 14, 2022

AMERICAS

Canada (Security threat level – 2): The Canadian government is expected to annul its mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement for those traveling domestically and on outbound international flights as of 15 June 2022. Passengers aboard flights and trains operating within Canada will no longer be required to provide proof of vaccination. However, foreign nationals entering Canada from abroad will still be required to provide proof of full inoculation. Health authorities may reinstate vaccination requirements for domestic travel in the event of an outbreak of a new variant of the coronavirus.

Ecuador (Security threat level – 3): On 13 June 2022, indigenous groups in Ecuador staged anti-government protest actions as part of countrywide protests organized by the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) against the government’s economic policies. Demonstrators have blockaded highways with burning tires and debris in at least 16 provinces across the country, including in the capital Quito — where police officers sprayed tear gas at protesters attempting to bypass police barricades in the city’s historic center. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Demonstrators are demanding a reduction in fuel prices and the removal of price caps on agricultural products, among other demands. The countrywide protests are scheduled to continue at least until 15 June.

United States (Security threat level – 2): On 13 June 2022, all five entrances to Yellowstone National Park in the states of Montana and Idaho were closed due to widespread flooding and landslides resulting from heavy rainfall. Floodwaters inundated a number of roads and bridges at the park and in nearby communities. Power outages have also been reported. The National Park Service stated that the gateway community of Gardiner, Montana, located in the park’s northern boundary zone, has been cut off from the rest of the park, as landslides in the area have rendered roads impassable. The park will remain closed until at least 15 June as officials conduct damage assessments.

EUROPE

Turkey (Security threat level – 3): On 13 June 2022, the Israeli government urged its citizens to avoid all travel to Istanbul, Turkey, due to a heightened threat of attacks against Israeli citizens. Israel’s foreign minister warned Israeli citizens against all travel to Istanbul and advised those currently visiting the city to return home as soon as possible. In addition, Israeli citizens have been advised to avoid nonessential travel to other areas of Turkey. The travel warning comes as Turkish authorities reported the arrests of several suspected Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) operatives in Turkey amid Iran’s threats of retaliation against Israel for allegedly taking part in the assassination of an IRGC colonel the previous month.

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Togo (Security threat level – 4): On 13 June 2022, the Togolese government declared a three-month state of emergency in the northern Savannah region due to a heightened risk of attacks originating from Islamist militant groups active across the border in Mali. According to the Council of Ministers, the state of emergency will “enhance the speed of decision-making and facilitate greater agility for public services and defense and security forces.” The emergency declaration follows an 11 May attack carried out by the Mali-based Jama’at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM) group in the northern town of Kpekankandi — situated near the border with Burkina Faso — that left eight Togolese soldiers dead and 15 others wounded.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Honduras (Security threat level – 4): On 13 June 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Two shooting incidents have recently taken place in or near the “La Embajada” bar in Tegucigalpa. There are also allegations of other illegal activities taking place at the establishment. U.S. personnel and their dependents are prohibited from using the “La Embajada” bar until further notice. U.S. citizens in Honduras should also consider avoiding the establishment.”

June 13, 2022

AMERICAS

Haiti (Security threat level – 5): On 10 June 2022, armed members of the 5 Seconds gang hijacked two minibuses and briefly kidnapped local tourists in the neighborhood of Village de Diu in the capital Port-au-Prince. According to reports, the 38 tourists were traveling to the southern Miragoâne commune, located in Nippes department, at the time of the abduction. The kidnappers released the victims on 11 June. It is not known whether a ransom was paid.

Members of the 5 Seconds gang on 10 June also took control of the Port-au-Prince courthouse, located in the city center, shortly after abducting the tourists. Courthouse employees fled the building. There were no immediate reports of injuries or arrests.

ASIA

India (Security threat level – 3): On the morning of 11 June 2022, demonstrators gathered near the Panchla Bazaar area in West Bengal’s Howrah district, located approximately 10 km (6 mi) west of the state capital Kolkata, to protest controversial remarks made by a leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) regarding the Prophet Muhammad. Protesters threw stones at police officers, who fired tear gas in response. Several police officers were injured during the clashes. The violence follows similar occurrences between protesters and police officers the previous day. Authorities have suspended internet services in Howrah until June 13, and Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code — which allows officials to prohibit gatherings of four or more individuals in an area — has been imposed in the district in response to the unrest.

Philippines (Security threat level – 4): On 12 June 2022, the Bulusan Volcano — located in the Bicol region on Luzon Island — erupted for a second time after its initial eruption on 5 June. According to local officials, several towns near the volcano were affected by ashfall and residents with breathing-related health complications were warned to remain indoors. Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (RPLL/MNL) canceled several domestic flights following the eruption. Authorities are maintaining an Alert Level 1 — the second-lowest level on a five-tier scale — for the area. Entry into the Permanent Danger Zone, which lies within a 4 km- (2.5 mi)-radius of the volcano, is prohibited.

Taiwan (Security threat level – 1): On 11 June 2022, the Central Epidemic Command Center announced that the coronavirus-related quarantine requirement for all travelers arriving in Taiwan will be shortened to three days from the currently mandated seven days as of 15 June. Following the three-day quarantine, travelers will be required to self-monitor their health for an additional four days and avoid traveling outdoors unless it is absolutely essential. Those who present proof of a negative COVID-19 antibody test within two days after arrival will be permitted to travel for work or to procure essential items. All travelers will remain subject to existing entry requirements, which mandate that they present proof of a negative PCR test taken within two days before their departure for Taiwan and take another PCR test upon arrival on the island.

Thailand (Security threat level – 3): At approximately 1900 local time (1200 UTC) on 11 June 2022, dozens of anti-government demonstrators who had gathered in the capital Bangkok threw glass bottles and firecrackers at police officers on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road near Din Daeng Highway. Demonstrators initially gathered at about 1700 local time and marched from Democracy Monument to Victory Monument to demand the release of prisoners and the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Local reports indicate that clashes broke out after security personnel erected barricades on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road to prevent the protesters from approaching the prime minister’s residence. At least two police officers were injured in the violence, and one demonstrator was arrested.

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Democratic Republic Of The Congo (Security threat level – 4): On 13 June 2022, the M23 rebel group reportedly seized control of the eastern town of Bunagana, North Kivu — located near the Democratic Republic of Congo’s border with Uganda — following intense fighting with the army that began the previous day. Eyewitness reports indicate that approximately 100 soldiers riding in multiple vehicles retreated from the town and escaped into Uganda on the morning of 13 June, although the government had claimed the previous night that the army repelled the offensive launched by M23 rebels. According to the United Nations, more than 30,000 civilians have fled the area due to the latest bout of fighting.

Sudan (Security threat level – 5): As of 13 June 2022, an ongoing land dispute between Arab and African groups has escalated into armed conflict in the town of Kulbus, located in the state of West Darfur near the border with Chad. Over the course of one week, local Arab militias have attacked approximately 20 nearby villages, killed approximately 100 people and displaced at least 5,000 families. In response, Sudanese authorities have deployed additional troops to the region.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Ecuador (Security threat level – 3): On 10 June 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Quito issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows: “The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) is planning demonstrations and road blockages nationwide from June 13 to June 15. Multiple roads in and out of Quito, including those leading to the airport, could be affected. Some past demonstrations have turned violent and security forces have responded with crowd dispersal agents to maintain public order.

“Among the Roads Likely to be Affected Are: San Miguel del Común, Mariscal Sucre and Humberto Albornoz, Ruta Viva, Toll Intervalles, Intervalles and Guayaquil, Intervalles and Sebastiana de Benalcazar, Mitad del Mundo, Simón Bolívar sector el Troje, and Maldonado sector Escuela Riobamba. Please keep in mind that these locations are subject to change.”

Sudan (Security threat level – 5): On 13 June 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Acts of civil disobedience are expected to take place this afternoon, June 13th throughout greater Khartoum and potentially in other states. This may include centralized or decentralized demonstrations, road blockages by protesters, and business closures. Security forces may close bridges. Unannounced protests and other acts of civil disobedience may continue to take place, in addition to larger organized protests. Embassy personnel have been encouraged to work from home in the afternoon.”

June 10, 2022

AMERICAS

Colombia (Security threat level – 4): On the evening of 9 June 2022, clashes broke out between police officers and student demonstrators who had gathered in the capital Bogotá to commemorate students killed in previous protests and to call for the Colombian government to adhere more faithfully to international human rights norms. Riot police fired tear gas and water cannons at the demonstrators, who threw Molotov cocktails at the officers outside the entrance to the District University Macarena campus, located approximately 10 km (6 mi) south of the city center. Authorities temporarily shut down a nearby stretch of Highway 7 due to the event. Meanwhile in Medellín, riot police fired tear gas at a group of student protesters outside the University of Antioquia, located approximately 3 km northwest of the city center. Vehicular traffic was temporarily disrupted on Barranquill Street between Regional and Ferrocarril Avenues. A police blockade was also erected along the feeder to the north entrance of National Route 62 near the university. There were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths in the violence. Student demonstrations of this nature have been taking place in major Colombian cities since 8 June.

United States (Security threat level – 2): At approximately 1430 local time (1830 UTC) on 9 June 2022, a gunman opened fire at a manufacturing plant in Smithsburg, Maryland, a rural town located approximately 75 mi (120 km) northwest of the city of Baltimore. The assailant — an employee of the manufacturing plant — killed three coworkers and wounded another before fleeing the scene in a vehicle. Law enforcement officials searching for the suspect located him about 5 mi (8 km) from the shooting site and made a traffic stop. A shootout ensued between the suspect and three state troopers, during which the suspect and a trooper were wounded. The suspect remains in police custody. Authorities have yet to release a motive for the shooting.

United States (Security threat level – 2): Media reports on 10 June 2022, citing an unidentified senior White House official, stated that the U.S. government is set to annul as of 12 June a long-standing requirement for inbound air travelers to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result for entry into the country. At present, travelers seeking entry into the U.S. must possess proof of a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken within one day before departure for the country, regardless of nationality or vaccination status.

ASIA

India (Security threat level – 3): On 10 June 2022, large protests occurred in several cities across India to denounce incendiary comments regarding the Prophet Muhammad made by officials in the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during a debate in late May. In New Delhi, hundreds of protesters carrying placards and chanting slogans gathered near the Jama Masjid mosque in the Chandni Chowk area after Friday prayers. The protest ended peacefully and there were no reports of violence.

In the eastern city of Ranchi, the state capital of Jharkhand, an angry mob of protesters lit fires in the street and hung an effigy of one of the BJP officials near a mosque on Fort Road. Police officers arrived at the scene to disperse the crowd and arrested several local residents for disorderly conduct. Local officials imposed a temporary curfew and suspended internet services in several parts of the city.

Pakistan (Security threat level – 5): On 10 June 2022, thousands of protesters gathered across several cities in Pakistan to protest comments regarding the Prophet Muhammad made by officials in India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In the capital Islamabad, thousands of protesters burned debris and chanted anti-India slogans in the streets. Demonstrators briefly clashed with police officers as they attempted to march toward the Indian Embassy in Islamabad. There were no reports of other notable violence. Additionally, in the southern port city of Karachi, hundreds of demonstrators marched in the streets and burned replicas of India’s national flag.

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Syria (Security threat level – 5): On 10 June 2022, authorities temporarily suspended flights at Damascus International Airport (OSDI/DAM) following Israeli airstrikes targeting three warehouses at the facility. The warehouses allegedly belong to the Lebanese Hizballah militant group. The runway and control tower at the airport were damaged in the airstrikes. Repairs to the facilities are currently underway.

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Nigeria (Security threat level – 5): On 9 June 2022, bandits riding on motorcycles launched multiple attacks on villages located in the Kajura area of Nigeria’s northern Kaduna state. The bandits reportedly targeted the villages of Dogon Noma, Ungwan Sarki and Ungwan Maikori, and set ablaze houses at random. Authorities stated that at least 32 people were killed in the assaults and 80 others were kidnapped. Security forces responded to the raids by dispatching an air force helicopter, which intercepted the bandits outside Ungwan Maikori and forced them to retreat into a nearby forested area before the arrival of ground troops.

June 9, 2022

AMERICAS

Guatemala (Security threat level – 4): On 8 June 2022, legislators in Guatemala approved President Alejandro Giammattei’s state of siege declaration for the municipalities of Ixchiguán and Tajumulco, located in the northwestern San Marcos department. The emergency measure – put forth to counter the recent spike in violence in the two municipalities — suspends the right to assembly and to carry weapons, and prohibits travel nightly from 1800 to 0600 local time (0000 to 1200 UTC). The state of siege is expected to remain in place for the next 30 days.

ASIA

China (Security threat level – 3): On 9 June 2022, local authorities in Shanghai imposed a two-day lockdown in the city’s Minhang district in an attempt to curb the risk of COVID-19 transmission after four new symptomatic cases were discovered in the district the previous day. During the lockdown period, more than 2 million district residents are required to stay home and will be subject to mass nucleic acid testing on 11 June. Lockdowns at the district level following the discovery of new COVID-19 cases have been common in Shanghai due to the Chinese government’s dynamic zero-COVID policy.

China (Security threat level – 3): At approximately 1200 local time (0400 UTC) on 9 June 2022, a Chinese military aircraft crashed in a residential area of Laohekou city in Hubei province, located approximately 320 km (200 mi) west of the provincial capital Wuhan. The Chengdu J-7 aircraft struck a private residence and caught fire. Emergency response teams arrived on scene and extinguished the blaze. At least one person on the ground was killed and two others were injured. The aircraft’s pilot, who was reportedly conducting a training mission, parachuted to the ground before the crash and sustained only minor injuries. The cause of the crash is unknown.

India (Security threat level – 3): On 8 June 2022, the Indian government enhanced security measures in key locations nationwide in response to reported threats of bombings and attacks by the al-Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent (AQIS) militant group. Local media outlets initially began divulging AQIS letters they had received on 6 June, which promised attacks in several locations, including Mumbai and New Delhi, in retaliation for disparaging comments regarding the Prophet Muhammad made by a spokeswoman for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during a televised debate. In addition to increasing the number of security personnel at government buildings and transportation hubs, the Home Ministry has ordered police officials to prohibit public gatherings and protests as intelligence agencies investigate the credibility of the terrorist threats.

South Korea (Security threat level – 2): At approximately 1100 local time (0200 UTC) on 9 June 2022, a fire broke out in a seven-story office building in Daegu city, located approximately 250 km (150 mi) southeast of the capital Seoul. The blaze started on the second floor of the building, which is situated behind the city’s district courthouse, and spread to other floors. Firefighters arrived at the scene approximately 20 minutes later and promptly extinguished the blaze. At least seven people were killed and 49 others were injured; most of the injuries were related to smoke inhalation. Police officers suspect that the fire was started by an arsonist who was among those killed in the event.

Sri Lanka (Security threat level – 4): At 0001 local time on 9 June 2022 (1831 UTC on 8 June), approximately 900 engineers associated with the state-run Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) commenced strike actions to oppose legislation governing Sri Lanka’s energy sector. According to local officials, the strike will likely curtail operations at eight hydropower electricity plants. It is unclear what effect the labor action will have on each city’s power supply, as rolling electricity outages related to the country’s economic crisis — lasting 5-13 hours a day — have been ongoing in the capital Colombo since late March.

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Iraq (Security threat level – 5): At approximately 2135 local time (1835 UTC) on 8 June 2022, an explosives-laden drone detonated on Pirmam-Erbil road near the UAE Consulate building in the northern city of Erbil. At least three people were injured in the blast and several nearby civilian vehicles were damaged. The intended target of the attack is unclear. According to the Kurdistan Region Security Council, members of the Iran-aligned Kataib Hezbollah militia group launched the drone from the town of Altun Kupri, located approximately 50 km (30 mi) south of Erbil.

June 8, 2022

ASIA

Kazakhstan (Security threat level – 4): All coronavirus-related entry restrictions for incoming travelers to Kazakhstan have been lifted as of 8 June 2022. Travelers are no longer required to present proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative PCR test result for entry into the country. Health officials decided to lift the entry requirements, citing reports of stable coronavirus-related epidemiological situation in the country and elsewhere in the world.

AUSTRALASIA

Fiji (Security threat level – 2): On the afternoon of 8 June 2022, widespread power outages occurred throughout the island of Viti Levu, including in the capital Suva, due to an unspecified technical malfunction. All homes and businesses on the island were left without electricity for several hours, and traffic lights were not operational. Energy Fiji Limited, the country’s main power supplier, later stated that electricity was fully restored on the island but did not confirm the cause of the outage.

EUROPE

Germany (Security threat level – 3): At approximately 1030 local time (0830 UTC) on 8 June 2022, a motorist drove his car into a crowd in the western Charlottenburg neighborhood of the capital Berlin. Eyewitness reports indicate that the vehicle struck a group of people on a sidewalk along Tauentzienstrasse street before crashing through the window of a storefront. According to a police spokesperson, one person was killed and at least 12 others were wounded. Several of the injured victims are in serious condition. The motorist, a German-Armenian local resident, was detained at the scene. It is currently unknown whether the event was a deliberate act.

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Iran (Security threat level – 3): On 8 June 2022, a passenger train carrying approximately 350 people hit an excavator and derailed near the city of Tabas, located approximately 890 km (550 mi) southeast of the capital Tehran. The train was traveling overnight to the city of Yazd from Mashhad via Tabas at the time of the derailment. At least 21 people were killed and 87 more were injured. The casualty count is expected to rise. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

June 7, 2022

AMERICAS

United States (Security threat level – 2): At approximately 0000 local time (0400 UTC) on 5 June 2022, a shooting occurred in the Queen Village neighborhood near Philadelphia’s city center. At least three people were killed and 11 were injured in the shooting. Police officers reported finding two firearms at the scene of the shooting. At this time, no suspects have been arrested.

ASIA

Bangladesh (Security threat level – 4): On 4 June 2022, a large fire occurred at a shipping container depot in the Sitakunda administration unit north of the southern port city of Chattogram (Chittagong). A large explosion occurred after firefighters attempted to contain the blaze, causing flames and debris to engulf the area. At least 41 people have been killed and hundreds of others have been injured. According to local officials, dozens of people remain missing. Meanwhile, emergency response personnel are continuing efforts to extinguish the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

China (Security threat level – 3): Beijing authorities announced that they are lifting coronavirus-related restrictions on indoor dining and public transportation – including buses, subways and taxis — as of 6 June 2022. Coronavirus protocols will, however, continue to be enforced in the Fengtai and Changping districts. Residents will be required to present a negative PCR test taken within the previous 72 hours to enter government buildings and public transportation terminals. Additionally, residents will be allowed to return to their places of employment and are no longer required to work from home.

China (Security threat level – 3): On 4 June 2022, a D2809 high-speed passenger train derailed and crashed into the main platform of Rongjiang Station in Guizhou province. According to local authorities, the derailment occurred as the train approached the station at a high speed and struck debris from a landslide that was covering the tracks. Local railway services have been suspended as emergency response teams work to clear the debris from the crash. At least one person was killed and another seven were injured as a result of the derailment.

North Korea / South Korea (Security threat levels – 3 / 2): South Korean military officials report that North Korea launched eight ballistic missiles toward the Sea of Japan on 5 June 2022. The missiles – launched from four different locations, including from the Sunan area of the North Korean capital Pyongyang — flew approximately 110-670 km (70-420 mi) to the east before landing in the Sea of Japan. The missile launch follows the 3 June completion of the first large-scale U.S.-South Korean naval exercise in more than four years. There were no reports of damage to maritime vessels or casualties connected to the missile launches.

EUROPE

France (Security threat level – 3): On 5 June 2022, heavy rainfall and hailstorms caused significant damage throughout western France, including in the capital Paris. Authorities stated that more than 65 departments were affected by the heavy rainfall and hailstorms, and approximately 2,400 firefighters were deployed to respond to calls related to the severe weather. Numerous bridges, roads and buildings sustained significant damage, and more than 15,000 people experienced power outages throughout France. Additionally, at least one person has been killed and 15 others injured. In Paris, Orly Airport (LFPO/ORY) temporarily suspended operations and airport officials at Charles De Gaulle Airport (LFPG/CDG) delayed numerous flights due to the effects of the storms.

Greece (Security threat level – 2): On 4 June 2022, Greek authorities evacuated thousands of residents of the southern suburbs of Voula and Glyfada in the capital Athens after a wildfire spread from the nearby Hymettus mountain due to high winds. Approximately 280 firefighters, six aircraft and four helicopters were deployed with water tanks to contain the blaze. Local reports indicate that at least 20 houses and numerous power lines were destroyed in the area. The EU is expected to deploy additional resources to help contain the blaze.

Slovakia (Security threat level – 2): On 4 June 2022, a passenger train crashed into a stopped passenger train near the town of Vrutky, located approximately 170 km (100 mi) northeast of the capital Bratislava. According to local authorities, a total of 74 passengers were injured in the crash. Officials have launched an investigation into the cause of the crash.

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Nigeria (Security threat level – 5) : On 5 June 2022, unidentified gunmen attacked a church in the town of Owo in the southwestern Ondo state. According to local officials, several gunmen fired on worshippers and detonated explosives inside the church. At least 50 people were killed and dozens of others were injured in the assault. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Hungary (Security threat level – 2): On 3 June 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Budapest issued a Demonstration Alert ahead of protests planned for 4 June, which reads in part as follows: “The U.S. Embassy would like to inform you of the following demonstrations taking place on Saturday, June 4:

“12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

“As many as 200 people are expected to gather at the Batthyány Eternal Flame on the anniversary the signing of the Treaty of Trianon. The group will proceed through Szabadság tér to Vértanuktere, then back to the Batthyány Eternal Flame.

“4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

“A group of approximately 500 supporters of Mi Hazánk (the “My Homeland” Movement) will gather in front of the Embassy of Ukraine, Istenhegyiút 101. They will march through Költo utca to Diána utca to the Temple of Szent László.”