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20.02.19  /  Low  /   – About Today - Wednesday 20 February


20.02.19 About Today - Wednesday 20 February

France: Carnaval de Nice Guinea-Bissau: Election campaign India: Kumbh Mela Italy: Venice Carnival Venezuela: Federation Day

20.02.19  /  High  /  Kuwait – Security Alert


20.02.19 Kuwait Security Alert

On 19 February 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait issued a Security Alert regarding the upcoming National Day and Liberation Day holidays, which reads in part as follows: "The Kuwait National and Liberation Day holidays will be Monday, February 25, and Tuesday, February 26. U.S. citizens should expect festive celebrations, large crowds, and heavy traffic congestion in downtown and waterfront areas. There will be particularly heavy vehicular congestion and pedestrian traffic from early afternoon through the evening hours on and around the Gulf Road and in Salmiya. In the past, local police have blocked U-turn lanes and intersections on Gulf Road, forcing northbound traffic to travel the entire length of Gulf Road to turn around as well as restricting travel in the blocks adjacent to Gulf Road. Many celebrants engage in water gun fights, throw water balloons, and set off fireworks in the affected areas during these national holidays."

20.02.19  /  Extreme  /  Egypt – Suicide Bomber Detonates Explosives


20.02.19 Egypt Suicide Bomber Detonates Explosives

On 18 February 2019, a suicide bomber detonated explosives outside Cairo’s al-Azhar Mosque. The explosion occurred near the rear entrance to the mosque and close to the Khan el-Khalili market, which is popular with foreign tourists and local visitors. Authorities stated that police officers had been in pursuit of the suspect when he detonated his explosives. The attack killed at least three Egyptian police officers, and injured three civilians, including a Thai tourist. After the explosion, security forces evacuated a nearby building and seized additional explosives. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Analyst Comment: While militants affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) and Muslim Brotherhood regularly target police forces, most such attacks occur in isolated areas where the risk of civilian casualties is lower. This attack is inconsistent with those trends and may mark the Muslim Brotherhood’s shift away from avoiding civilian casualties or it may reflect increased IS activity in populated areas of the country.

19.02.19  /  Extreme  /  United States – Gunman Kills Five


19.02.19 United States Gunman Kills Five

At approximately 1330 local time (1930 UTC) on 15 February 2019, a 45-year-old gunman opened fire inside a manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois, located approximately 40 mi (65 km) west of Chicago. The gunman killed five people before he was shot and killed by police officers in a shootout; five police officers were also wounded before the assailant was neutralized. The immediate area surrounding the site was on lockdown during the incident. The assailant had worked at the firm for the past 15 years and carried out the attack after he was informed that he was being terminated.

19.02.19  /  High  /  Mexico – Health Alert


19.02.19 Mexico Health Alert

On 15 February 2019, the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana issued a Health Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Location: Tijuana, Baja California “Event: Since August 2018 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed multiple cases of antibiotic-resistant infections in U.S. patients following surgery at the Grand View Hospital in Tijuana. The most recent cases relate to surgeries performed in mid-January 2019. The U.S. Mission to Mexico has advised U.S. government employees to avoid seeking medical treatment at the Grand View Hospital until further notice. Refer to CDC’s Travelers’ Health Alert on Drug-Resistant Infections in Mexico for additional information and future updates.”

19.02.19  /  Extreme  /  Haiti – Updated Travel Advice


19.02.19 Haiti Updated Travel Advice

On 16 February 2019, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) issued updated travel advice for Haiti, which reads in part as follows: “Since 7 February, there have been violent protests and road blocks in Port-au-Prince and other cities in Haiti. There are reports of fuel and food shortages. Remain vigilant, avoid crowds and protests as they may quickly turn violent, monitor local media and follow the advice of local authorities. Limit your movements as much as possible, stock up on essential supplies when safe to do so and regularly review your departure options. Commercial flights remain available. We have
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