Travel risk round-up: 7 June

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Egypt: Multiple Policemen Killed after Militants Attack Checkpoint in North Sinai

National and local news outlets have reported that at least 10 policemen have been killed following an ambush at a checkpoint in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, on Wednesday, 5 June. The attack, which is reported to have been carried out by Islamic militants, took place in the city of al-Arish. Officials state that, although the attackers fled the scene in a police armoured vehicle, they were chased down by security forces, with at least five militants being killed. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack at this time.

Advice for businesses and travellers

Due to the threat of militancy and continued security operations in the North Sinai governorate, members with critical travel needs should subject all their movements to a location-specific threat assessment. Members are advised to 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.


High
Syria: VBIED Blast Results in Multiple Fatalities in Azaz, Aleppo Governorate

According to media reports, at least 17 people were killed and 20 others were injured on Sunday, 2 June, after a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) detonated in the rebel-held city of Azaz, Aleppo Governorate. The blast reportedly occurred near a market and a mosque as locals were leaving evening prayers. Dozens of neighbouring buildings were also damaged in the blast.

Advice for businesses and travellers

Members are currently advised to reconsider all travel to Syria given the extreme security risk. All travel outside of secure compounds should be undertaken only in coordination with local authorities and trusted security providers. Members in Syria should continually review crisis management and security procedures to ensure they remain up to date with the current local threat environment.


Moderate
Serbia: Hundreds Evacuated Due to Floods Across Central Serbia

According to local media sources on Wednesday, 5 June, parts of central Serbia are experiencing flash floods brought on by heavy rains. The local authorities have evacuated hundreds of people since the start of the flash floods on Monday, 3 June. The cities and municipalities of Knic, Kraljevo, Cacak, Dragacevo and Ivanjica are the worst affected. In Kraljevo over 400 buildings have been damaged by the floods. Despite the widespread flooding, there have not been any reports of injuries. Infrastructure has suffered in flooded areas. Additionally, railway services have been affected and suspended between Kraljevo and Raška, Vitanovac and Vitkovac, Mataruška Banja and Bogutovačka Banja, Gruža and Guberevac. Local armed forces are helping in evacuation and relief efforts. Although the flood waters are reportedly receding since the 3 June. many parts of the country will remain affected in the coming days.

Advice for businesses and travellers

Members in flood-affected areas should monitor local media sources for further updates and heed any directives issued by local authorities. Minimise time spent in low-lying flood-prone areas and on unstable slopes susceptible to landslides. Drivers should exercise a heightened degree of caution in flood-affected areas due to likely hazardous conditions caused by flooding and debris.


Moderate
Australia: Unconfirmed Reports of People Injured Following Shooting in Woolner, Darwin

Unconfirmed reports from local news outlets and social media feeds state that an unknown number of people have been injured following a shooting in Woolner, Darwin, on Tuesday, 4 June. Reports state that the perpetrator has left the scene, with police releasing the following description: male, Caucasian, wearing a high-visibility shirt and driving a white pickup truck. Further news is awaited.

Advice for businesses and travellers

Members should monitor local media sources for further updates on the incident and heed any directives issued by police and local authorities.


Moderate
Japan: Evacuation Orders Issued Due to Flooding in Hiroshima Prefecture

According to local media sources on Friday, 7 June, evacuation orders have been ordered for multiple districts of Hiroshima Prefecture due to ongoing flash floods. The evacuation has been ordered for parts of the Asakita Ward, Seeki Ward, Asanami Ward, Nishi Ward, Town of Kumano, Kure and parts of Saka in Aki in the Aki district. Local authorities have warned of the severe risk of landslides due to the floods. Reports on social media suggest that several roads have been severely flooded.

Advice for businesses and travellers

Those in Hiroshima Prefecture should heed any directives issued by the authorities and monitor local media sources for further information. Minimise time spent in low-lying flood-prone areas and on unstable slopes susceptible to landslides. Drivers should exercise a heightened degree of caution in flood-affected areas due to likely hazardous conditions caused by flooding and debris.


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