Travel risk round-up: 29 August

This week's weekly risk round-up, keeping you up-to-date with global events.
Travel risk round-up 29 August

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Spain: Thousands Expected to Gather in Benidorm for Pride Parade on 8 September

Thousands are expected to gather in Benidorm in the province of Alicante on Saturday, 8 September, for the annual Gay Pride Parade. The march will assemble on the Avenida de Madrid at 1700hrs (1500 UTC) and head down the Avenida del Mediterraneo before reaching the Town Hall. The event is intended to be peaceful. Heightened security measures and traffic disruptions are expected in the vicinity of the march.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Members are advised to remain vigilant in the vicinity of large crowds due to the risk of exposure to opportunistic crime. Alternative journey routes should be considered in order to circumvent the parade route, reducing the risk of potential travel delays.


 

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Egypt: Security Forces Clash with Militants in Akhmim district, Sohag province

According to media reports on Monday, 27th August, Egyptian security forces clashed with suspected militants in the Akhmim district in Sohag Province. The security forces, who were reportedly fired upon after approaching the suspected militants, found ammunition, weapons and documents in their possession. It is not yet known if any of the Egyptian security forces were wounded.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Due to the high risk of militancy and military operations in the country, members with critical travel needs should subject all their movements to a location-specific threat assessment and conduct strict risk management procedures in coordination with a trusted security provider. Travellers should minimise the time spent in the vicinity of security forces patrols and positions, as these are regularly targeted in attacks.


 

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Iran: 6.1 Magnitude Earthquake Recorded in Kermanshah Province

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has recorded a 6.1 magnitude earthquake that occurred on Monday, 26 August, at 0243hrs (2213 UTC, 25 August), near Banevreh town, Kermanshah Province. There are no confirmed reports of infrastructural damage or casualties yet.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Travellers in Kermanshah Province should be mindful of potential aftershocks in the medium term and are advised to monitor local media sources to remain apprised of any earthquake-related developments in their particular area of operations. Members are further advised to remain alert to any emergency directives issued by authorities.


 

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Argentina: Public University Workers Plan Nationwide Protest, 30 August

Local media sources report that public university staff, including professors and lecturers, have organised a national march for Thursday, 30 August. The march is part of an ongoing series of anti-government demonstrations about salaries and economic austerity that has continued for three weeks. The conflict between the two sides has taken place since early 2017 when the government announced education budget cuts. Expect traffic disruption.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Members in Argentina should monitor local media for travel-related updates, and updates on the march routes across the country, particularly in Buenos Aires. Travellers should avoid the vicinity of the any demonstrations in order to lessen the chances of being affected by incidental violence and police operations.


 

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Kyrgyzstan: FCO issues Travel Advice in Preparation of the World Nomad Games, held on 2-8 September, Issyk-Kul Region

On Friday, 24 August, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) released a travel warning regarding the third annual World Nomad Games, organised in the Issyk-Kul region of Kyrgyzstan. The games, which will be held from 2 to 8 September, will be based in Cholpon-Ata, Bulan-Sogottu Village and Kyrchyn Gorge. The event is expected to be peaceful.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Those attending cultural events in the region of Issyk-Kul are advised to anticipate increased security at venues and should account for this in itineraries, allowing additional time where possible. Travellers should monitor local media sources for updates on any events attended and heed any directives issued by police and local authorities. Travellers should maintain a heightened level of vigilance and immediately report any suspicious items or activity to security forces.