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12.07.19  /  High  /  Iran – Vessels Attempt to Impede the Passage of the U.K.-Flagged Oil Tanker Heritage


12.07.19 Iran Vessels Attempt to Impede the Passage of the U.K.-Flagged Oil Tanker Heritage

 On 11 July 2019, U.K. officials stated that three Iranian paramilitary vessels attempted to impede the passage of the U.K.-flagged oil tanker Heritage which was traveling through the Strait of Hormuz. A U.K. warship accompanying the commercial vessel reportedly issued several verbal warnings to the Iranian vessels, prompting them to retreat. However, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard denied that such incident had occurred. This development follows the Iranian government’s warning that the U.K. would face “repercussions” for seizing an Iranian supertanker off Gibraltar, a U.K. overseas territory, on 4 July. The Iranian vessel was captured on a suspicion that it was breaching European sanctions on oil shipments to Syria. Analyst Comment: U.K. officials suspect the three paramilitary craft likely belonged to the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Maritime operators in the Persian Gulf should monitor the situation closely and report suspicious activity to relevant authorities.

11.07.19  /  High  /  Tunisia – State of Emergency Extended


11.07.19 Tunisia State of Emergency Extended

On 9 July 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Tunisia, which reads in part as follows: "A state of emergency is in effect in Tunisia, imposed after a suicide attack on a police bus on 24 November 2015. It’s been extended a number of times, most recently on 5 July 2019 by one month."

11.07.19  /  Extreme  /  Pakistan – Terror Related Shooting


11.07.19 Pakistan Terror Related Shooting

On 9 July 2019, two gunmen riding a motorcycle opened fire at a roadside tea shop in the Pehlwan Goth neighborhood, located in Karachi's Gulistan-e-Johar district. Reports indicate that the assailants stopped outside the shop, fired multiple rounds and immediately fled the scene. Two people were killed and one more was critically wounded in the attack. While further details regarding the attack are unavailable, authorities suspect that the motive of the shooting was terror-related.

10.07.19  /  Medium  /  Jamaica – Travel Alert


10.07.19 Jamaica Travel Alert

On 9 July 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Jamaica, which reads in part as follows: “The States of Emergency in the parishes of St James (which includes Montego Bay), Hanover and Westmoreland have been extended to 13 August 2019; a State of Emergency is also in place until 21 July in part of the Parish of St Andrew, which includes areas of Kingston.”

02.07.19  /  Extreme  /  Afghanistan – Severe Security Alert


02.07.19 Afghanistan Severe Security Alert

On 1 July 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul issued a Security Alert for Mazar-e-Sharif, which reads in part as follows: "Location: Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan "Event: As of early June 2019, militants plan to kidnap and murder United States citizens in Mazar-e-Sharif, Balkh Province, Afghanistan. The militants intend to kidnap the United States citizens from their homes in Mazar-e-Sharif."

29.06.19  /  High  /  Spain – Ground Staff to Launch Series of Strikes


29.06.19 Spain Ground Staff to Launch Series of Strikes

As of 28 June 2019, ground staff plan to launch a series of strikes at Bilbao Airport (LEBB/BIO) on 1, 7, 14, 21, 25, 28, 31 July; 4, 11, 15, 18, 25, 31 August; and 1 September over workload conditions. Airport firefighters, operations personnel, and customer service employees are expected to strike for 24 hours, excluding 15 and 24 July when the strike will last from 0600-2400 local time (0400-2200 UTC) and on 1 and 14 August when the strike will last from 1800-2400 local time. Government officials are expected to establish a minimum services requirement for union members, but disruptions are anticipated during the planned strike dates. Travelers should check the status of their flights with their respective airlines and plan for delays at the airport.
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