In March, for the third time since the 2011 revolution, Egyptians went back to the ballot boxes for a presidential election. With a 40% turnout and 97% of the vote, Egyptians overwhelmingly re-elected Egyptian President and Former Minister of Defense Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. However, questions remain about the legitimacy of the election, with a lack of competition and reports that some voters were offered incentives, such as food and money, to cast their votes in Sisi’s favor
The number of incidents remained relatively similar to the previous month with minor changes: compared to January, February witnessed a decrease in clashes of about 5% as well as a decline of 14.7 % in the number of reported military operations while arrest operations increased by 19%.
Ariel stabbing attack
In the 2 months that followed the announcement by US President Donald Trump regarding the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem, tensions have escalated in the region to its highest since August. The following is a breakdown of what has transpired, and where it has transpired to.
According to reports, on Saturday February 10th, an Iranian surveillance drone allegedly took off from Syrian territory in an attempt to infiltrate Israeli airspace and monitor the area. Israel perceived it to be a an Iranian aggression and as such, the Israeli army assigned a military attack-helicopter (Apache) to intercept and down the drone which later reportedly fell inside Israeli controlled areas. A spokesperson for the Israeli army said that the Iranian drone will be carefully studied as it considered to be very advanced.
The world is an unpredictable quagmire of political turmoil, a country could easily descend into crisis within hours, as witnessed in Turkey in 2016. Even locals don’t exactly know what to do in such circumstances, let alone foreigners visiting for a few days; you can easily be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Civil unrest could be anything from a simple protest to a full-scale riot or public uprising. Despite its importance, having to deal with such situations is not common knowledge. Here are some points to keep in mind and use if you were ever caught in such a situation.
Organizations operating in a conflict zone have 2 challenges: How to create a secure work environment, and deciding when it has become too dangerous to continue operating. In order to address the latter, a general threat assessment is necessary. In which different incidents are evaluated and sorted into one of four levels. Starting with low threat, and escalating to operation shutdown. In this blog we identify incidents at each level, to make evaluating situations easier, we have added examples of past events around the world for each level.
Mohamed Hamdan, also known as Abu Hamza, was targeted on Sun. 14th of January in a car bomb in the city of Sidon, southern Lebanon. According to reports, M. Hamdan survived the blast but was wounded in the attack, which required the amputation of his leg. Security sources and news channels claim that an explosive device weighing between 400g and 500g was placed under the seat of his car and was detonated as M. Hamdan was entering his vehicle.
During a surprise visit to Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared victory over terrorist groups operating in Syria following a 3 years long military campaign against ISIS and other groups. In addition, the US military plans to maintain a foothold in Syria indefinitely in order to prevent the resurgence of ISIS in the region despite President Donald Trump declaring victory over ISIS in Syria and in Iraq.