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Global Threat Level Report

Global Threat Level and Travel Report for the week of October 17th


AFRICA


Burkina Faso (Security threat level - 4): On 14 October 2022, Capt. Ibrahim Traoré -- who led the 30 September takeover of the government -- was officially declared Burkina Faso’s transitional president after a national assembly unanimously approved a new charter in the capital Ouagadougou. The approved charter also outlines that Traoré will not be eligible to run in the next presidential election, which is currently expected to take place by July 2024. The 300-person national assembly comprises army officers, members of civil society organizations, and traditional and religious leaders.


Tunisia (Security threat level - 3): On 15 October 2022, police officers fired tear gas at anti-government protesters for a second consecutive night in the Ettadamen and Intilka districts of the capital Tunis. The incident occurred as participants threw stones at the officers and chanted slogans against police brutality. The protests began the previous day following the funeral of a man who died in August 2022 due to injuries inflicted during a police chase.


Uganda (Security threat level - 4): On 15 October 2022, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni imposed a lockdown and a nightly curfew for the next 21 days in the central Mubende and Kassanda districts in an effort to contain Ebola virus outbreaks. Residents are not allowed to travel into or out of their respective districts during the lockdown period. Meanwhile, residents are required to stay in their homes during the nightly 1900-0600 local time (1600-0100 UTC) curfew. Moreover, all bars and entertainment venues will remain closed for the next 21 days. A total of 19 deaths due to Ebola have been confirmed in Uganda since health authorities announced the detection of the first case of the virus on 20 September.


ASIA


Belarus / Russia (Security threat levels - 4 / 4): On 16 October 2022, the first groups of Russian troops deployed to Belarus via rail to take part in the recently formed “regional grouping” joint task force arrived near an undisclosed location near the Belarus-Ukraine border. Belarusian officials claim that the Russian troop deployment and future joint military exercises are defensive actions being taken in response to alleged Ukrainian, Polish and Lithuanian plots against Belarusian national security. According to Belarusian military officials, a total of 9,000 Russian troops will be deployed to the country to join 70,000 Belarusian troops assigned to participate in the regional grouping force. Belarus has been used as a staging point for Russian troops and supply lines since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February.


Russia (Security threat level - 4): On 15 October 2022, two gunmen attacked a military training ground in the southwestern Belgorod region as the volunteer troops were preparing to deploy to Ukraine, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. The assailants -- Tajik national military recruits -- opened fire on security personnel during a firearms training session, killing 11 soldiers and injuring 15 more. Russian officials claim that the attack may have been related to an inter-ethnic conflict.


EUROPE


Belgium (Security threat level - 3): On the morning of 17 October 2022, security workers blocked vehicular traffic in both directions at Brussels South Charleroi Airport (EBCI/CRL) amid a labor strike. The workers -- employed by Security Master -- staged the strike to express disagreement with a decision made by BSCA Security to award two security contracts instead of one; the employees claim that the decision will affect employment. Airport officials have announced that the airport will be closed for departing flights as of 1600 local time (1400 UTC) on 17 October due to a lack of security personnel to screen passengers.


France (Security threat level - 3): Labor unions demanding higher wages for workers amid a sharp rise in cost of living expenses in France have called for a countrywide general strike on 18 October 2022. Workers in the transportation sector are expected to participate in the strike, which will likely cause significant disruptions to train and bus services in the country. The call for the countrywide general strike comes after thousands of people took to the streets of Paris on 16 October to take part in the March Against High Costs and Climate Inaction. At least 29,500 people reportedly attended the demonstration, during which police officers fired tear gas and used batons to disperse demonstrators near Place de la Bastille. According to eyewitness reports, protesters threw firecrackers at the officers during the clashes. There were no reports of casualties or arrests.


Germany (Security threat level - 3): Pilots of German air carrier Eurowings -- a subsidiary of Lufthansa – commenced a three-day labor strike as of 0000 local time (2200 UTC) on 17 October 2022. According to Vereinigung Cockpit, a union that represents airline pilots and flight engineers, the strike -- scheduled to last until 2359 local time on 19 October -- follows a breakdown in negotiations between the pilots and Eurowings regarding a new general collective agreement for limiting the maximum flight hours and extending rest periods. The airline stated that 240 out of 488 scheduled flights at German airports have been canceled on 17 October, disrupting travel plans for approximately 25,000 passengers. Flight cancellations are expected to continue through 19 October.


Ukraine (Security threat level - 5): During the morning of 17 October 2022, several explosions occurred in the capital Kyiv as a result of Russian drone strikes. Officials stated that “kamikaze” drones were responsible for the blasts, which caused a fire at a building in the central Shevchenkivskyi district. Several nearby residential buildings were also damaged. At least four people were killed in the strikes. Emergency personnel rescued 18 people who were trapped under rubble following the explosions.


SOUTHEAST ASIA


Thailand (Security threat level - 3): On 16 October 2022, hundreds of passengers were stranded at Phuket International Airport (VTSP/HKT) in southern Thailand as torrential rains and heavy flooding inundated roads near the airport. Due to flooded roadways, departing passengers could not reach the facility and arriving passengers were unable to leave the facility. According to local media reports, knee-deep rainfall inundated roadways throughout the Mueang, Kathu and Thalang districts, forcing local officials to cancel public transportation services to and from the airport.Meanwhile, in the popular Old Town tourist area -- located in southeastern Phuket island -- floodwaters measured between 0.5-1 m (1.5-3 ft) in several locations, according to a statement from the governor’s office. On 17 October authorities extended a flash flood warning for Phuket province -- where Phuket island is located -- as additional rainfall is expected in the coming days.


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