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Demonstration Alert - Middle East and North Africa

The Situation:

Rallies will likely be held across the Middle East to mark Al-Quds Day on April 29, the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The day promotes the "liberation of Jerusalem from Israeli occupation" and is intended to demonstrate solidarity with the Palestinian people. Al-Quds Day has traditionally featured large rallies, during which participants typically express anti-US and anti-Israel sentiment.

Cyberattacks may occur during Al-Quds Day and the end of Ramadan.

Possible Effects:

  • Increased security personnel.

  • Localized transportation and business disruptions.

  • Clashes cannot be ruled out, and police force may be used to disperse crowds.

Mitigating Measures to Apply:

  • Prepare for disruptions caused by protests, such as increased traffic and security, blocked roads, and potential travel into demonstration sites.

  • Check the local situation (local and social media, embassy, POC at the destination, etc.) prior to travel.

  • Confirm your flight status prior to departing to the airport.

  • Avoid all protests and demonstrations, especially those which have the possibility of turning violent and my serve as a catalyst of COVID-19 spread.

  • Confirm transportation arrangements before departing.

  • Allow extra time to travel to/from the destination, airport, and accommodations.

  • Enroll in a Safe Traveler program to receive warnings from your preferred embassy.

DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless Disclaimer: LSDS™ gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS™ (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.


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