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14.11.19  /  High  /  Mexico – Pirates Attack Supply Ship


14.11.19 Mexico Pirates Attack Supply Ship

On 12 November 2019, the Mexican Navy stated that armed pirates attacked an Italy-flagged platform supply ship, located off Ciudad del Carmen, in the southern Gulf of Mexico the previous day. Approximately eight armed pirates arrived aboard two vessels, entered the ship and momentarily held the 35 crew members hostage as they stole valuables from the crew and ship. At least two crew members were injured during the robbery, one of whom suffered gunshot wounds. Following the attack, the supply ship anchored at the Ciudad del Carmen port, where the wounded crew members received treatment at a nearby hospital. The vessel belongs to the Italian offshore contractor Micoperi. Italian Embassy officials are collaborating with the Mexican government to investigate the attack.

14.11.19  /  High  /  Indonesia – Travel Advice


14.11.19 Indonesia Travel Advice

On 13 November 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) updated its travel advice for Indonesia regarding the likelihood of terrorist attacks, which reads in part as follows: “Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Indonesia. Terrorist groups continue to plan attacks and have the capacity and intent to carry out these attacks at anytime and anywhere in the country. Types of attacks have included suicide bombing and small-arms fire, targeting public and crowded places. Be vigilant and take care at all times.”

13.11.19  /  Medium  /  Kenya – Carrier Suspends All Flight Operations


13.11.19 Kenya Carrier Suspends All Flight Operations

On 12 November 2019, officials with the privately owned airline Silverstone Air announced that the carrier has suspended all flight operations until further notice effective immediately. The announcement followed an order by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) issued that same day to ground the airline’s entire fleet of Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft for a one-week period. Silverstone Air had offered daily domestic services across Kenya. Analyst Comment: The KCAA launched an audit into Silverstone Air following two safety incidents that occurred in October 2019. In the first incident, a Fokker 50 aircraft skidded off the runway during takeoff from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport (HKNW/WIL); at least seven of the 55 individuals on board were injured. Separately, on 28 October, a Bombardier Dash 8-300 aircraft performed an emergency landing at Eldoret International Airport (HKEL/EDL) after reportedly losing a tire shortly after takeoff; there were no reports of injuries among the four passengers and five crew members on board.

13.11.19  /  Extreme  /  Israel – Palestinian Militants Fire at Least 160 Rockets into Israel


13.11.19 Israel Palestinian Militants Fire at Least 160 Rockets into Israel

On 12 November 2019, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired at least 160 rockets into central and southern Israel following an Israeli operation that killed Baha Abu Al-Atta, a senior leader of the Islamic Jihad Movement of Palestine militant group. Several cities near the Gaza border -- including Rishon Lezion, Gedera and Ashdod -- sounded warning sirens amid the rocket attacks. In addition to southern Israel, warning sirens were also set off as far north as Tel Aviv. Israeli Defense Forces intercepted approximately 60 missiles. According to reports, at least 29 people were injured. In response to the attacks, schools across Israel are closed and non-essential employees have been ordered to remain inside their homes throughout the country. Authorities also canceled rails services in the border area and closed main roads along the border.  Additionally, the U.S. Embassy Branch Office in Tel Aviv suspended non-essential services and sent non-essential personnel home earlier than usual. The embassy also cautioned U.S. nationals to remain vigilant, and monitor the Israel military Homefront Command website.

13.11.19  /  High  /  Haiti – Security Alert


13.11.19 Haiti Security Alert

On 12 November 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Port-Au-Prince issued two Security Alerts regarding ongoing protest action. The first advisory reads in part as follows: "Location: Boulevard 15 Octobre at multiple points. "Events: Roadblocks at Torcel, barricades in front of Aristide residence to Carrefour Fleuriot, and rock throwing at Carrefour Fleurio.” The second advisory counseled travelers to avoid Boulevard 15 Octobre near the Total Gas Station due to “reports of individuals throwing rocks on Boulevard 15 Octobre near Total Gas Station” and “reports of a chain blocking the road in the same area.”

12.11.19  /  Medium  /  China – Clashes Continue


12.11.19 China Clashes Continue

Anti-government protesters and police officers engaged in a series of clashes across Hong Kong on 11 November 2019. The clashes initially broke out in the morning hours and continued into the evening. In the Sai Wan Ho district, protesters blocked a main road, and a police officer shot a protester during an altercation. Later in the morning, protesters clashed with police officers on university campuses, including at Hong Kong University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Meanwhile in the Central business district, police officers fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters in Mong Kok. Furthermore, a police officer drove a motorcycle into a group of protesters; officials stated that the officer has been suspended pending an investigation. A man was set on fire by unknown attackers following an argument with protesters, according to police officials. According to Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, at least 60 people were injured during the violence on 11 November, while police officers stated that at least 120 locations had either been blocked or vandalized. On 10 November anti-government protesters gathered in areas across Hong Kong. In Sha Tin, protesters vandalized the Sha Tin MTR station, prompting police officers to fire tear gas in an effort to disperse the protesters. Meanwhile, protesters also gathered in Tsuen Wan Town Hall, Tseung Kwan O and set up barricades at the junction of Heung Sze Wui Road and Ho Pong Road in Tuen Mun. Police officers also used tear gas to disperse protesters from the Tsuen Wan and Mong Kok areas. Police officers arrested at least one protester in Causeway Bay. Authorities suspended Light Rail routes 705, 706 and 716P in Tin Shui Wai as well as between Tin Shui Wai and Yuen Long, and temporarily closed the Ma On Shan and Sha Tin MTR stations. There were no reports of injuries. On the previous day, thousands of demonstrators peacefully gathered in Tamar Park in Admiralty for an approved prayer rally following the death of a Hong Kong University student on 8 November. Mourners also held a vigil in Tseung Kwan O near the site where the student suffered injuries in a fall from a parking garage as a result of riot police activity early in the morning on 4 November. No notable disruptions occurred during these gatherings on 9 November.
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