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- Central African Republic
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- Saudi Arabia
Security Threat Level Explanation
Security threat levels range from 1 (Very Low) to 5 (Very High) and are determined using a comprehensive system that utilizes both qualitative and quantitative analysis. The primary factors used to determine a location’s security threat level are Armed Conflict, Crime, Demonstrations/Strikes, Ethnic/Sectarian Tensions, Graft/Corruption, Kidnapping, Political Instability, Government Restriction and Terrorism.
HOT SPOTS REPORTS
Meanwhile, in Portland, Oregon approximately 300 protesters blocked traffic and disrupted two light rail lines, and in Seattle, Washington, 100 protesters caused minor disruptions in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Smaller-scale protests also occurred in the eastern United States, including in Pennsylvania and outside the White House in Washington, D.C.; Trump supporters also gathered outside the White House.
Analyst Comment: Overall, the protests that occurred were relatively small in scale, with the number of participants in the low-to-mid-hundreds, and the actions only caused minor disruptions rather than resulting in significant safety or security concerns. Those who are in the United States should anticipate additional protests over the election result, but the nature of the actions in terms of their effects and scale are likely to be similar to those that occurred earlier on 9 November. University campuses and cities in the western and northeastern part of the country will likely continue to be focal points for demonstrations.
Aside from the effects in and around the airport, many other areas in the vicinity also experienced flash flooding on 9 November. In the Linksfield area -- which is located approximately 12 mi/20 km west of the airport -- one person drowned in high water on the N3 highway. As many as six other people were killed throughout the affected area, and one child remains missing as of the morning of 10 November.
While the situation has improved on 10 November, many roads remain flooded. Furthermore, meteorologists forecast more rain for the affected areas in the coming days; this will likely exacerbate conditions in the locations that have already experienced flooding and raises concerns regarding the potential for the overall scope and scale of the disruptions to increase.
"On November 9, from 9:30 to 12:00 hours, an organized march will be organized by the European Steel Workers. The demonstrators will start to gather at Parc du Cinquantenaire as of 10:00 hours and follow the below course, departing at approximately 11:45 hours from Petite Rue de la Loi: Petite Rue de la Loi (start at 11:45 am), Rond Point Schuman, Rue Froissart, Rue Belliard, Chaussée d’Etterbeek, Rue Jacques de Lalaing, Rue de la Science, Rue Belliard, Avenue d’Auderghem, Avenue de la Joyeuse Entrée.
"The entire course will be made traffic free during the march. Parking will be prohibited on the Avenue de la Renaissance, Avenue des Nerviens and some parts of Avenue de Tervuren. From 11:00 hours the Reyers Tunnel (E40 direction center) will be closed.
"The Brussels Capital Ixelles police zone expects heavy traffic problems in the European quarter and at the small ring road and they request that people avoid traveling in Brussels by car where possible, and instead take public transportation. The police state that it is possible that the buses may also be affected by the demonstration."
“U.S. citizens who have decided to remain in CAR despite the Travel Warning should regularly review their personal security situation. Embassy Bangui cannot provide consular services to U.S. citizens in CAR at this time. U.S. citizens in need of assistance should contact the U.S. Embassy in Yaoundé, Cameroon.”
Greece The U.S. Embassy in Athens has warned of the following demonstrations planned for 10 November 2016::
- Time: 1500
- Where: Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks, 02 Anastaseos and Tsigante Strs.
- Who: Municipal employees
- Time: 1700
- Where: Ministry of Labor, 29 Stadiou St.
- Who: Hotel employees
India : On 9 November 2016, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) updated its travel advice for India to include the following: “Existing 500 and 1,000 Rupee banknotes are being withdrawn from immediate circulation from 10 to 24 November, 2016; banks will exchange these notes for lower denominations up to a limit of Rs 4000 per transaction; if you’re exchanging money at a bank, take photo ID and expect long queues; arrangements will be made at international airports for arriving and departing passengers who have old 500 or 1,000 Rupee notes of not more than 5,000 Rupees; foreign tourists will be able to exchange foreign currency or old notes of not more than 5000 Rupees into legal tender; new 500 and 2,000 rupee notes will be issued to replace the withdrawn notes; until then, if you’re exchanging money don’t accept any denomination higher than 100 rupees.”
"The United States Mission in Saudi Arabia also reminds U.S. citizens that continuing violence in neighboring countries such as Yemen can potentially spill over into Saudi Arabia.
"U.S. government personnel and their families are restricted from travel within 50 miles of the Yemeni border, and to the cities of Jizan and Najran, without permission. U.S. government personnel are similarly restricted from traveling to the city of Qatif in the Eastern Province and its surrounding suburbs, including Awamiyah, and to the town of Hofuf and its surrounding suburbs in the Al Hasa Governorate due to violent episodes that have occurred there in the past."
“With this in mind, the U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe is recommending U.S. citizens do the following:
- "Avoid large crowds and public transportation to the extent possible.
- "While traveling in Gorno-Badakhshan, avoid camping or biking after dark in the vicinity of the Afghan border, especially between populated areas. Do not shelter in the open after dark.
- “The Embassy remains open during normal operating hours, although it will be closed on Friday, November 11 in honor of Veteran’s Day.”
"The governorate of Ankara has banned all demonstrations, rallies and public gatherings in the Province of Ankara, inclusive of the city of Ankara, until November 30, 2016, citing security concerns. Thus, as in many countries, simply being at or near an illegal public gathering could lead to arrest or detention."