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24.08.19  /  Medium  /  Malawi – Protests at all Ports of Entry

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24.08.19 Malawi Protests at all Ports of Entry

Malawi (Security threat level - 3): As of 23 August 2019, the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) is expected to move forward with plans to stage protests at all ports of entry in Malawi from 26-30 August. According to organizers, demonstrations will take place on the roads near Lilongwe’s Kamuzu International Airport (FWKI /LLW) and Blantyre’s Chileka International Airport (FWCL/BLZ), as well as near the Karonga, Mchinji, Mwanza and Netcheu border crossings. In a press conference on the morning of 23 August, officials with the Ministry of Homeland Security stated that all of Malawi’s airports and land borders will remain open and operational despite the anticipated HRDC demonstrations. In response to the upcoming protest actions, the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe issued a Demonstration Alert on 22 August noting that traffic delays and disruptions along roads leading to airports and border posts should be expected during the demonstrations. In the alert, the embassy urges the “U.S. citizen community to avoid travel in and out of Malawi throughout the week of August 26 – August 30, 2019.” The embassy further recommends that individuals “strongly consider” re-scheduling flights in and out of the country from 26-30 August. Meanwhile, on 21 August President Mutharika ordered security personnel to crack down on protesters and warned that attempts to close borders would be met with “necessary force.” The Malawi Defense Force (MDF) and the Malawi Police Service (MPS) will deploy additional personnel to all protest sites to prevent disruptions during the scheduled protests. The HRDC has organized the demonstrations as part of ongoing protests against the management and results of the May 2019 general election, during which Mutharika was reelected to a second term. Analyst Comment: Past HRDC protests have escalated into violence, including vandalism and looting by protesters and the use of tear gas and rubber bullets by police officers. Mutharika’s directive to security personnel indicates a higher likelihood of clashes during the upcoming protest actions.

24.08.19  /  Low  /  Spain – Strike - Barcelona El Prat Airport

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24.08.19 Spain Strike - Barcelona El Prat Airport

Spain (Security threat level - 3): Iberia Airlines ground workers at Barcelona El Prat Airport (LEBL/BCN) are expected to observe a strike on 24-25 and 30-31 August 2019. The strike is expected to affect 27 airlines that operate through the airport, as Iberia Airlines ground workers service other airlines as well. The work stoppage will reportedly impact approximately 18,000 passengers. Meanwhile, Vueling Airlines preemptively canceled 112 flights in preparation for the strike. Government officials have a minimum services guarantee of 53% of international flights and 32% of domestic peninsular flights. Travelers should consult with their airlines to determine the status of their flights

24.08.19  /  Low  /  Spain – Travel Advice

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24.08.19 Spain Travel Advice

Spain (Security threat level - 3): On 23 August 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Spain, which reads in part as follows: “Spanish Directorate-General for Traffic is warning drivers to expect significant delays at the main border crossings between France and Spain from Friday 23rd to Monday 26th August. This will be due to the G7 Summit in Biarritz coinciding with a peak flow of holiday traffic in both directions. Spanish authorities are advising drivers where possible to use alternative travel routes or dates.”

24.08.19  /  Medium  /  China – Typhoon Warning

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24.08.19 China Typhoon Warning

China / Taiwan (Security threat levels - 3 / 2): According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), as of 0900 UTC on 23 August 2019, Tropical Storm Bailu was located approximately 770 km (480 mi) south-southeast of Taipei, Taiwan. At that time, Bailu was moving northwest at 19 kph (12 mph) and was generating maximum sustained winds of 83 kph with gusts of up to 102 kph. Current forecasts predict that Bailu will make landfall in Taitung County, located along the southeastern coast of Taiwan, by 24 August. The storm will then cross the Taiwan Strait and make a second landfall near the southeastern Chinese port city of Xiamen, located in Fujian province, by 25 August. Taiwanese authorities issued sea and land warnings on 23 August due to expected rough sea conditions, as well as severe rainfall throughout the island. Moreover, officials relocated thousands of tourists off islands on the east coast and canceled several domestic flights and ferry services. In addition, authorities have deployed at least 34,000 soldiers across the south in anticipation of flooding.

24.08.19  /  Low  /  Jordan – Water Service Disruption

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24.08.19 Jordan Water Service Disruption

Jordan (Security threat level - 3): On 22 August 2019, Jordanian authorities announced that several cities in Jordan will experience water service disruptions from 25-29 August. The disruptions will affect water service for thousands of subscribers in Amman, Ajloun, Irbid, Jerash, Mafraq and Zarqa. Officials stated that authorities are working to repair damage to a water pumping station at the Disi Water Conveyance Project, which was allegedly sabotaged. Officials are investigating the incident.

23.08.19  /  Medium  /  China – Typhoon Warning

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23.08.19 China Typhoon Warning

China / Taiwan (Security threat levels - 3 / 2): According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), as of 0900 UTC on 22 August 2019, Tropical Storm Bailu was located approximately 1,125 km (700 mi) south of Kadena Air Base in Japan. At that time, Bailu was moving west at 13 kph (8 mph) and was generating maximum sustained winds of 83 kph with gusts of up to 102 kph. Current forecasts predict that Bailu will make landfall along the southeastern coast of Taiwan in Taitung county by 24 August before crossing the Taiwan Strait and making a second landfall in China's Fujian province near Xiamen by 25 August. Taiwanese authorities are expected to issue sea and land warnings on 23 August due to expected rough sea conditions, as well as severe rainfall throughout the island.
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