During the month of August, the MENA region has witnessed some political unrest and instability; In Lebanon, Palestinian refugees have been holding protests in for over six weeks following the Lebanese Ministry of Labor’s crackdown on undocumented foreign labor. Lebanese waste problem deepens amidst establishment of landfills around residential areas. In Syria, battles between the Syrian Army along with its allies and the opposition forces intensified and led to the Syrian Army advance on opposition strongholds and took over control of a number of towns in Idlib and Hama.
The annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia (also known as Hajj) will occur on Aug. 9-14; the exact dates, however depend on the local lunar sightings. The Hajj is one of the mandatory Five Pillars of Islam and every Muslim is required to perform the pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime. Around 2.5 million Muslims are expected to partake in the Hajj this year, posing security challenges for Saudi Arabia.
With the African Cup of Nations 2019 kicking off mere days after former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi’s death, many are concerned about the security situation in the region. Egypt, given its politically unstable environment and its highly concentrated big sporting event of the year, is a considerably risky place to be in right now. In this blog, we will go over why crowded places are an attractive target for terrorists and insurgency groups.
Traveling to a foreign country can be exciting, but it can also be dangerous if the right precautions aren’t taken. This is especially true for high risk countries. Usually in such cases, the first concern that comes to most people’s minds is their safety. You may be interested in determining the safest countries in the Middle East. You may also need to learn of the different rules and regulations that you should follow when abroad. As such, travel security is essential to ensuring a smooth and risk-free business trip.
The clashes began on the 3rd of May, 2019 after two Israeli soldiers were injured and four Palestinians were killed during the weekly protests at the Gaza-Israel border. The clashes entailed hundreds of rockets being launched from Gaza and numerous more targeted by Israeli Forces within the Gaza Strip. Israel also increased its military presence near the border in response. Eventually a ceasefire agreement went into effect on May 6th, 2019. The exchanges of fire are outlined in greater detail below:
Friday, 3rd of May
The “Ticking Bomb” metaphor was used to justify torture in certain extreme situations. It is a phrase that depicts a shortage of time and big threat ahead. There was a real-life Israeli case in 2014 where the “Ticking Bomb” scenario was utilized. During the early stages of the disappearance of three Israelis in the West Bank on June 12, 2014, there has been no evidence of whether the abduction was made by an Arab or Palestinian party yet. Still Israel excluded any criminal element and launched a military campaign that included the arrest of 300 Palestinians.
Before we dive into why a risk assessment is essential in today’s world, it is important to briefly define what a risk assessment is. A risk assessment is best defined as a systematic process of evaluating the potential risks that one encounter in a projected activity or undertaking. There are different types of risks spanning from security-related to physical and personal. For this answer, we will draw mainly from our expertise in the security industry. With that said, elements of a standard risk assessment include the following:
On Thursday morning April 11th, conflicting reports had surfaced, some claiming that there has been a military coup in Sudan forcing the Sudanese president Omar Al-Bashir to step down, and other stated that the Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir willingly stepped down, following months of anti-government protests. According to reports, celebrations are already under way in Sudan as protesters have taken to the streets, waiting for the official announcement to be made.