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21.06.19  /  High  /  United Kingdom – Series of Strikes to be Held


21.06.19 United Kingdom Series of Strikes to be Held

As of 20 June 2019, Unite union leaders are planning to launch a series of strikes at Glasgow International Airport (EGPF/GLA) on 21, 24, 26, 28 and 30 June to demand higher pay and to protest against the closure of a pension program. Airport security guards, firefighters, engineering technicians and operations personnel are expected to strike from 0830-1430 local time (0730-1330 UTC) on 21 June, 0600-1000 local time on 24 June, 1000-1400 local time on 26 June, 0930-1330 local time on 28 June, and 1700-2100 local time on 30 June. Travelers should check the status of their flights with their respective airlines.

20.06.19  /  High  /  Iraq – Missile Strikes Residential and Headquarters of Several Oil Companies


20.06.19 Iraq Missile Strikes Residential and Headquarters of Several Oil Companies

On 19 June 2019, a short-range Katyusha missile struck the residential and operations headquarters of several foreign oil companies at the Burjesia Business and Residence Center, located approximately 25 km (17 mi) southwest of Basra. Companies at the site include Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Eni SpA. Shortly after the attack, Exxon Mobil announced that it was evacuating 21 foreign employees; the rocket landed 100 m (328 ft) from its section of the center. Three Iraqi nationals were injured in the strike. No group has claimed responsibility for the rocket attack. Analyst Comment: The attack in Basra is consistent with other recent small-scale rocket attacks against U.S. targets in Iraq. Similar attacks targeted U.S military bases near Mosul and Baghdad on 17 and 19 June, respectively. None of the attacks have produced significant casualties. The attack on the Burjesia Business and Residence Center near Basra comes after the U.S. government evacuated non-essential personnel from its embassy in Baghdad and consulate in Erbil over concerns on 15 May about possible attacks against U.S. diplomatic facilities in the country. In keeping with that advice, Exxon had also evacuated its personnel; it had only recently allowed its employees back into Iraq.

20.06.19  /  High  /  Turkey – Updated Travel Advice


20.06.19 Turkey Updated Travel Advice

On 18 June 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Turkey, which reads in part as follows: "The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to areas within 10 km of the border with Syria, except the city of Kilis (see below). "The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:
  • all other areas of Sirnak, Kilis (including Kilis city) and Hatay provinces
  • the provinces of Diyarbakir, Tunceli and Hakkari
"On 23 June 2019, there will be a re-run of the Mayoral election in Istanbul. There may be rallies in locations around the city in the lead up to and aftermath of the election. You should avoid large gatherings and follow the advice of the local authorities."

19.06.19  /  High  /  Egypt – Security Forces on High Alert


19.06.19 Egypt Security Forces on High Alert

On 17 June 2019, Egypt’s interior minister placed security forces on high alert after former President Muhammad Morsi died of a heart attack during his trial on espionage charges. Reports indicate the minister has canceled leave for security personnel and has increased security around hotels, tourist sites and other sensitive locations. Analyst Comment: It is unclear what effect -- if any -- Morsi’s death will have on the opposition. President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi maintains a highly repressive security apparatus that has stifled most forms of dissent in Egypt. Furthermore, Morsi was a divisive figure and his popularity was limited even among his supporters. Nevertheless, travelers should monitor developments in the country regarding possible demonstrations or revenge attacks by Morsi and/or Muslim Brotherhood supporters.

19.06.19  /  High  /  Canada – Shooting in Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square


19.06.19 Canada Shooting in Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square

Shortly before 1600 local time (2000 UTC) on 17 June 2019, a shooting occurred near Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square amid a large-scale parade that was organized to celebrate the Toronto Raptors’ recent victory in the world basketball championship. The sound of gunfire caused panic and prompted paradegoers to flee the scene. At least two people suffered non-life threatening wounds in the shooting. Police officers have arrested two suspected perpetrators and seized two firearms. An investigation into the shooting remains underway.

18.06.19  /  High  /  Honduras – Ongoing Demonstrations


18.06.19 Honduras Ongoing Demonstrations

On 14 June 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa issued a Demonstration Alert that reads in part as follows: “Location: Honduras, countrywide “Event: Ongoing demonstrations by multiple sectors of Honduran society including workers from various economic sectors, activists, students, and others. “Although recent protests have been largely peaceful, unannounced and spontaneous protests may continue and lead to the closure of businesses as well as roadblocks in major cities and along the CA-5 highway connecting Comayagua and Puerto Cortes, along the CA-13 highway connecting San Pedro Sula and Trujillo, and in and around Choluteca.” The full text of the alert is available here.
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