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Worldwide Alerts

The following alerts are based on ISA's direct observation, U.S. Department of State recommendations, Overseas Security Advisory Council, WHO reports, and expert consultation.

Belgium

Brussels

June 20th, 2017

Around 9 PM local time, a man triggered a small explosion in the Brussels Central train station, near the city's Grand Place. The man was quickly neutralized by soldiers at the station. Local authorities have confirmed that the situation is now under control and that neither civilians nor officers were injured in the incident. ISA Brussels resident staff confirmed that train traffic at Brussels Central, Midi and North stations are currently halted in addition to Metro lines 1 and 5. ISA Brussels students have been informed of the incident, advised to avoid the area for the time being, and to check in with family back home. ISA will continue to monitor the situation and advise students accordingly.

France

Paris

June 19th, 2017

At approximately 3:40 PM local time, a suspect drove his car into a police van on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. The assailant, who was reported to be armed and to have explosives in his car, died during the incident. Local authorities have confirmed that the situation is now under control and that neither civilians nor law enforcement officers were injured in the incident. ISA Paris students have been informed of the incident, advised to avoid the area for the time being, and to follow directives given by local authorities. ISA will continue to monitor the situation and advise students accordingly.

England

London

June 18th, 2017

At approximately 12:20 a.m. local time, a van drove into pedestrians outside of Finsbury Park Mosque on Seven Sisters Road. The incident occurred as worshipers observing Ramadan were leaving evening prayers. Emergency responders are currently on the scene tending to those injured. At the time of this report, at least one arrest was made as authorities continue to investigate the incident. Finsbury Park is located in Northern London, and is not near where ISA students live or study. The ISA London resident staff are communicating with students to make them aware of the incident. Students have been advised to avoid the area and to check in with ISA resident staff and family back home. ISA is continuing to monitor the situation and will advise students accordingly.

England

London

June 14th, 2017

Around 1 a.m. local time on Wednesday, June 14th, London Fire Brigades were called to a fire at the Grenfell Tower, a government owned residential complex in West London. Firefighters quickly responded to the scene, and efforts to extinguish the fire are on-going. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

No ISA students live in this building and their programs have been unaffected by the incident. ISA on-site staff in London will continue to monitor the event and advise students as necessary.

South Africa

Cape Town

June 6th, 2017

The South African Weather Service has issued a severe weather warning for flash flooding, hail and gale force winds for the Western Cape, including Cape Town, for Wednesday, June 7th. As a precaution, the University of Cape Town and the University of the Western Cape will be closed on Wednesday. ISA students have been advised of the university closures and ISA Service-Learning students have been advised to not go to their host organizations on Wednesday. Students were further instructed to tune into local news stations for up-to-date information on the weather situation and stay close to home during the storm. ISA on-site staff will continue to monitor the situation and make safety recommendations to students as necessary.

France

Paris

June 6th, 2017

On Tuesday, June 6th around 4:30pm local time, a suspect armed with a hammer tried to attack police officers near Notre Dame Cathedral. The suspect was neutralized by police and the area around the Cathedral, including the Cathedral itself, has been closed. Additionally, the adjacent Saint Michel-Notre Dame Metro station has been temporarily closed. No civilians were injured in the incident. The ISA resident staff in Paris has been in communication with students to make them aware of the incident. Students have been advised to avoid the area immediately surrounding Notre Dame, watch local news for updates and check in with family back home. ISA is continuing to monitor the situation and advise students accordingly.

England

London

June 5th at 10:30 a.m. CST

On Monday, June 5th, all ISA London host universities opened as planned. The London Bridge reopened to traffic and tube stations that were temporarily closed, including the London Bridge and Borough stations, began operating again. ISA London Resident staff confirmed that heightened police presence remains visible, however, daily activity in London has continued with schools, businesses and restaurants open as usual. A commemorative gathering to honor the victims of last Saturday's attacks is planned to take place at 6:00 p.m. local time at Potters Fields. All ISA students are reminded to avoid large gatherings and demonstrations of any kind, even those intended to be peaceful.

All ISA London program participants have been accounted for following Saturday's attacks, and ISA resident staff remain available to students. ISA programs in London and throughout Western Europe are running without interruption. ISA is continuing to monitor the situation and will update students and this Worldwide Alert accordingly.

June 4th at 10:30 a.m. CST

Security operations continued throughout Saturday night and Sunday morning in London, following the attacks at London Bridge and Borough Market that resulted in dozens of civilian casualties. Local officials confirmed that the three assailants responsible for the attacks were subsequently killed by police. At least a dozen arrests were also made during a raid in Barking on Sunday morning. The London Bridge remains closed to traffic and the London Bridge and Borough tube stations remain closed, as well as several other tube stations in London. Police remain deployed in the areas of the attacks as well as throughout the city. Increased security measures throughout the United Kingdom and across Western Europe can be expected.

All ISA Custom Programs, Veritas and Intern program participants currently in London have been accounted for. ISA resident staff is continuing to reach out to program participants to check on them, provide support and instructions. ISA is continuing to monitor the situation and will update students and this Worldwide Alert accordingly.

June 3, 2017

At approximately 10:30 p.m. local time, a van drove into pedestrians on the London Bridge, and a stabbing incident occurred at Borough Market. Emergency responders are currently on the scene and the public has been advised to avoid the areas. The London Bridge has been closed to traffic both ways and the London Bridge and Borough tube stations have been closed. A third incident was also reported at Vauxhall, which the police have declared unconnected to London Bridge and Borough Market events. The ISA London resident staff have been in communication with students to make them aware of the incidents. Students have been advised to avoid the areas and to check in with ISA resident staff and family back home. ISA Resident Staff across Europe and North Africa will also check in with any students who reported travel to London over the weekend. ISA is continuing to monitor the situation and advise students accordingly.

South Korea

Seoul

May 28, 2017

Early Monday morning, May 29th (local time), North Korea fired a ballistic missile near the city of Wonsan, Kangwon province, toward the eastern part of the Korean Peninsula. According to a statement from South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff, the missile flew about 450 kilometers and reportedly landed in the Sea of Japan (East Sea).

At the time of this report, there have been no changes in the security situation in South Korea. All ISA Seoul programs are continuing to run as scheduled. We will continue to monitor the situation and update students and our Worldwide Alert accordingly.

May 21, 2017

Sunday afternoon, May 21st (local time), North Korea test fired a medium-range ballistic missile near the city of Puckchang in South Pyongan Province. The missile is believed to have traveled approximately 500 Kilometers (300 miles) and landed in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) between South Korea and Japan.

At the time of this report, there have been no changes in the security situation in South Korea. All ISA Seoul programs are continuing to run as scheduled. We will continue to monitor the situation and update students and our Worldwide Alert accordingly.

May 13, 2017

Early Sunday morning, May 14th (local time), North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile near the city of Kusong in North Pyongan province. The missile is believed to have traveled approximately 700 Kilometers (435 miles) and landed in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) between South Korea and Japan. While South Korean and American authorities have yet to determine what type of missile was fired, initial reports suggest that it was not an intercontinental ballistic missile.

At the time of this report, there have been no changes in the security situation in South Korea. We will continue to monitor the situation and update students and our Worldwide Alert accordingly.

April 28, 2017, 6:00 P.M. CST

Early Saturday morning, April 29th (local time), North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile, near Bukchang, South Pyeongan Province. The missile was supposedly fired in the direction of the Sea of Japan (East Sea), and it's actual distance traveled has yet to be determined, while some news outlets are reporting that the test failed. The missile test occurred several hours after U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, addressed the United Nations during a special meeting to call for increased pressure on North Korea. As recently as Wednesday, April 26th, the Trump administration noted that it was still focusing on economic and diplomatic resolution to the increased tension with North Korea, though both U.S. and North Korean leaders continue to exchange rhetoric.

At the time of this report, there have been no changes in the security situation in South Korea. We will continue to monitor the situation and update students and our Worldwide Alert accordingly.

April 18, 2017

Recent weeks have seen an increase in tensions on the Korean Peninsula in addition to an increase in rhetoric between the U.S. and North Korea (DPRK). ISA has been closely monitoring these developments, in addition to the upcoming election for a new South Korea president, and any impact these events may have on our Seoul programs. The U.S. State Department has not issued any travel alerts or warnings for South Korea, nor have there been any recommendations that U.S. citizens stop traveling to South Korea at this time. ISA Seoul resident staff has reported that daily life in Seoul remains largely unaffected by recent events, and our spring programs have proceeded uninterrupted. The Seoul staff has been in regular communication with spring students to remind them of ISA safety procedures, offer support, and advise students to keep their families back home updated on their well-being.

ISA's Office of Health, Safety and Security is continuing to monitor the security situation in South Korea, including, but not limited to, reviewing any travel recommendations provided by the U.S. and other relevant governments, analysis by trusted security resources, and the most up-to-date information on the situation on the ground provided by the Seoul resident staff. Currently, all ISA Seoul programs, current and upcoming, are expected to continue as planned. ISA will promptly communicate with students, their home universities and emergency contacts should there be any changes to the security situation in South Korea or our programs.

United Kingdom

May 27, 2017

On Saturday, May 27th, the United Kingdom lowered its nationwide threat level from "critical" to "severe".The decision to lower the threat level back to "severe", where it had been since 2014, was made by the U.K.'s Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre following counterterrorism raids that have led to a string of arrests since May 22nd. Travelers can still expect heightened security measures throughout the U.K., as well as Western Europe. ISA will continue to monitor the situation and advise students accordingly. All ISA U.K. programs are continuing to run as planned.


May 23rd, 2017

In response to the attack in Manchester, England on Monday night, May 22nd, and continued investigation by authorities for all those who may have been responsible, the United Kingdom has raised its threat level from "severe" to "critical", the highest in its five tier system. As a result in the change in threat level, specific security measures are being put in place, including the deployment of military personnel to protect key sites. The British authorities continue to monitor the situation as they work to keep the public safe and are asking that everyone remain calm but alert.

ISA U.K.-based staff were in communication with their students following Monday night's attack to make them aware of the incident, remind students of safety tips, and ask that they check in with their families back home. All students currently abroad on a U.K. program (Glasgow, London, and Reading) have been made aware of the increased security measures and what to expect during their final weeks abroad. ISA U.K.-based staff remain available to students and will continue to advise them, and ISA resident staff across Western Europe are advising their students accordingly. ISA will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates to students as they are available.

Thailand

Bangkok

May 23, 2017

On Monday, May 22, a bomb exploded in central Bangkok's Phramongkutklao Hospital, wounding approximately 24 people. There were no reports of fatalities in the incident. Phramongkutklao is a military hospital that provides care for active and retired members of the military and their families. Yesterday's incident, which is still under investigation, occurred on the 3rd anniversary of the Thai army's military coup. ISA Bangkok resident staff communicated with students immediately following the incident and confirmed that all ISA participants are safe. Students were advised to avoid the area and take additional security precautions. ISA Austin and Bangkok offices will continue to monitor the situation and advise students appropriately.

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For further information, please refer to ISA's Health and Safety section, particularly the information regarding the monitoring of world-wide security levels.

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