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Incident Highlights & Future Threats

Welcome to the Global Security Brief, your weekly go-to source for incident highlights, risk assessment, and future threats from around the world. In this newsletter, we bring you timely updates on security incidents worldwide, along with risk analysis and future events to help you stay informed and prepared.

Updated on: 10 June 2024

Global Incident Highlight

Africa

 

Democratic Republic of Congo:

– On June 4-5, at least 30 people died following a landslide in Djugu, Ituri. The incident occurred in the mining area called Dix-Sept in Mabilindeyi, Banyali-Kilo overnight local time. The landslide was caused by heavy rain.

 

– On June 4, at least 18 people were killed, several went missing and 8 houses were burned in an ADF attack in Beni, North Kivu. The incident occurred in Masau in the Baswagha-Madiwe group between 8:00 and 9:00 am local time.

 

– On June 6, 13 people were killed in an ADF attack in Beni, North Kivu. The incident occurred in Makodu, located near Mamove, around 8 am local time. Some victims were killed with machetes, and others were shot dead.

 

– On June 7-8, at least 38 people were killed in an attack by ADF militants in Beni, North Kivu. The incident occurred in the village of Masala, and surrounding areas, overnight local time.

 

Nigeria:

– On June 4, 22 civilians were killed by unidentified gunmen in Gusau, Zamfara. The incident occurred in Ruwan Dawa at night local time.

 

– On June 7, 20 people were killed following an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants in Shiroro, Niger. The incident occurred in Bassa at around 8 am local time.

 

Somalia: On June 8, at least 19 militants and 2 security personnel were killed in an Al-Shabaab attack in El Dher, Galguduud. Al-Shabaab claimed to have killed 59 soldiers and local fighters in the clashes. The clashes started at around 4 am local time. The militants detonated explosives in at least two military camps, followed by an infantry attack.

 

Sudan:

– On June 5, 100 people were killed after the RSF launched an attack on a village in Gezira. The incident occurred in Wad Al Noura in the morning local time.

 

– On June 6, 40 people were killed and 50 were injured following RSF shelling in Omdurman, Khartoum. The incident occurred on Al-Wadi Street in the Karari area, according to information from the Karari Resistance Committee.

 

– On June 9, according to the RSF, 50 people were killed in an SAF airstrike in Omdurman, Khartoum. The Gandahar market was reportedly hit.

 

 

Asia-Pacific

 

India: On June 9, 10 people were killed after a bus fell into a gorge following a suspected militant attack in Reasi district, Jammu and Kashmir. The incident occurred in Teryath village in the Poni area. The bus was allegedly attacked multiple times and several empty rounds of bullets were also found at the spot.

 

Myanmar:

– On June 3, 10 junta soldiers, including 1 commandant, were reportedly killed following a PDF rocket attack in Pakokku, Magway. The attack targeted junta soldiers stationed in Bongkan village at an unspecified time.

– On June 3, at least 30 civilians were reportedly killed and 26 were injured following a junta airstrike in Mingin, Sagaing. The attack took place on Mataw village at around 8:30 a.m. local time.

 

– From June 4-7, it was reported that at least 60 civilians were killed in an ongoing junta raid in Thandwe, Rakhine. The junta forces have been targeting Singaung village with aircraft, vessels, and shelling for 4 days in a row. The military has denied such allegations.

 

Pakistan: On June 5, militants attacked a military convoy in Balochistan, killing 7 soldiers and injuring 15.

 

 

Europe

 

United Kingdom: On June 4, services were disrupted following a cyberattack affecting hospitals in London, England. King’s College Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ (including the Royal Brompton and the Evelina London Children’s Hospital) were reportedly hit by a cyberattack that has affected the delivery of services, with blood transfusions particularly affected. The attack targeted IT firm Synnovis and is believed to have occurred on June 3.

 

Ukraine: On June 7, 22 people were killed, and 15 were injured following a Ukrainian aerial bomb and missile attack in Sadove, Kherson.

 

 

MENA

 

Israel – Palestinian territories:

– On June 6, 35 Palestinians were reportedly killed following an Israeli strike in Nuseirat, Deir al-Balah. The bombing reportedly struck a school associated with UNRWA.

 

– On June 8, at least 274 Palestinians were killed and 698 were wounded in Israeli strikes on the Nuseirat refugee camp, Gaza. The attack occurred during an IDF hostage rescue operation which led to the rescue of 4 Israeli hostages.

 

Syria: On June 3, 12 people were killed due to Israeli airstrikes in Ḩayyān, Aleppo. The incident took place during the early morning hours. Explosions were reported at a copper factory in the area. This information was provided by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

 

Lebanon: On June 5, gunfire was heard in the vicinity of the US Embassy in Beirut. The gunfire was reportedly heard for around 30 minutes in the area. According to an update, 1 of the attackers was reportedly killed, 1 guard was injured and 1 other attacker was injured and arrested. The attack took place around 8:34 am.

Conflict Zones Watch
Israel – Palestinian Territories
In the past week, significant events unfolded in Gaza and surrounding areas, characterized by a series of Israeli bombings resulting in numerous casualties and extensive destruction. Key incidents include mass casualties from strikes at the Nuseirat refugee camp (June 8) and at the UNRWA school (June 6).

On June 3, a series of Israeli bombings in various locations resulted in numerous fatalities. In Khan Yunis, ten members of the Al-Buraim and Abu Khater families were killed. In Deir al-Balah, an individual was killed by Israeli gunboat fire, and a separate attack on the Aqal family's house resulted in six deaths and fifteen injuries. Additional bombings in Gaza City and Rafah led to further casualties, including four deaths near the Musab bin Omair Mosque and three in the Saudi area.

June 4 witnessed continued violence with airstrikes targeting residential areas in Bureij, Deir al-Balah, and Gaza City, causing numerous deaths and injuries. Notably, seven people were killed and twenty injured in a bombing in front of a shelter center in Deir al-Balah. Reports from Maghazi and Bureij indicated additional casualties, with artillery shelling contributing to the death toll.

On June 5, airstrikes and shelling persisted, hitting various locations in Deir al-Balah and Gaza, resulting in numerous fatalities and injuries. An Israeli airstrike on the Al-Dawli residence in Bureij and the Darwish residence in Maghazi were particularly deadly. The Aslan building in Maghazi also sustained significant damage.

Significant clashes occurred on June 6 when at least 35 Palestinians were reportedly killed following an Israeli strike which struck a UNRWA schools in Nuseirat, Deir al-Balah. The Israeli military stated that the strike's objective was to eliminate Hamas operatives and that it was only approved after aerial surveillance, with additional measures taken to minimize the risk to civilians. Since the war began, over 180 buildings belonging to the UN agency have been hit, resulting in the deaths of more than 450 displaced people in those facilities.

On June 7, multiple Israeli bombings in Deir al-Balah, Rafah, and Gaza resulted in additional deaths and injuries. Notably, 34 people were reportedly killed in various operations throughout Gaza. A significant airstrike in Al-Zaytoun killed 11 people, while an attack on a school in Al-Shati resulted in three deaths.

June 8 saw a major Israeli operation at the Nuseirat refugee camp, leading to the deaths of 274 Palestinians and the wounding of 700 others. If confirmed, this would make it one of the deadliest attacks of the conflict so far. This operation, the largest of the war and which led to the rescue of four Israeli hostages, drew international condemnation. 

On June 9, Israeli bombings continued in Gaza, resulting in multiple deaths and injuries. Additionally, Israeli minister Benny Gantz resigned from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's emergency government, impacting the political landscape amid the ongoing conflict.
Myanmar
The PDF’s increased activity, with multiple successful attacks on junta forces across various regions, indicates a significant escalation in the conflict. The targeted nature of these attacks, including the killing of high-ranking officers and strategic assaults on military positions, demonstrates the PDF’s growing capability and coordination.

The use of diverse tactics, such as drone strikes, landmines, and direct ambushes, highlights their adaptability and resourcefulness. On the other hand, the junta’s severe retaliation, particularly through airstrikes and sustained raids, reflects a desperate attempt to maintain control and suppress resistance.

The airstrike on Mataw village and the four-day assault on Singaung village in Thandwe are indicative of the military’s willingness to employ heavy-handed measures to quash opposition. However, these actions may further alienate the civilian population, potentially driving more support towards the PDF and other resistance groups.

The civilian toll from these confrontations is alarming. The indiscriminate nature of junta airstrikes, such as those in Mingin and Myaing, and the devastating raid on Singaung village have resulted in significant loss of life and injuries among non-combatants. The attack on an elementary school in Dawei, causing the deaths of three minors, starkly illustrates the perilous conditions faced by civilians, including children. The ongoing violence has exacerbated the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar, with thousands of people displaced, communities devastated, and access to basic necessities severely restricted.

The junta’s actions, particularly in Rakhine State and Sagaing Region, have drawn sharp criticism and highlight the urgent need for humanitarian assistance and protection for affected populations. The strong condemnation from the UN Secretary-General signals growing international concern over the situation in Myanmar. By urging support for his Special Envoy, Julie Bishop, the Secretary-General aims to galvanize international efforts towards achieving a peaceful resolution. The involvement of ASEAN and neighbouring countries is crucial, given their regional influence and the potential to mediate negotiations. However, the effectiveness of international interventions remains uncertain. The junta’s continued defiance and denial of allegations, despite mounting evidence of atrocities, suggest a challenging path ahead for diplomatic solutions.
Russia – Ukraine
Last week Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened that Russia might supply arms to other nations to target Western assets, following reports of Ukraine using U.S. weapons for strikes inside Russia. This statement coincides with a series of Ukrainian attacks on Russian energy facilities, including drone strikes on oil refineries and depots. Meanwhile, France has pledged military support to Ukraine, escalating tensions between Paris and Moscow.

Earlier in the week, Putin's comments came after confirmation from a U.S. senator and a Western official that Ukraine had utilized American weaponry to launch attacks inside Russia under new guidelines from President Biden. These measures aim to defend Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city. Subsequently, a Ukrainian drone strike ignited a fire at the Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery in southern Russia, a key facility now halted due to repeated attacks. Another strike destroyed an oil tank in Stary Oskol, exacerbating the ongoing conflict as Ukraine retaliates against Russian energy infrastructure.

In response to heavy Russian bombardments on its power grid, Ukraine's electricity operator Ukrenergo announced power cuts across 12 regions, including Kyiv, Lviv, and Odesa, following consumption limit breaches. The cuts are part of measures to manage the critical power shortages facing the nation. Ukrenergo announced plans to implement hour-long power cuts on Monday (June 10) between 4 PM and 10 PM. These restrictions will not affect "critical infrastructure" sites that provide essential services. Additionally, the Ukrainian government directed all ministries and regional authorities last Friday to cease using air conditioning and turn off external lighting.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian air defences successfully intercepted nine out of 13 Russian drones targeting several regions, including Poltava and Kharkiv. The conflict continued with Ukrainian strikes reportedly killing at least 28 people in Russian-occupied Luhansk and Kherson regions. This included an attack on Sadove in Kherson, resulting in significant casualties.

Separately, the UK Ministry of Defence reported that Russian forces have fortified the Kerch Bridge in Crimea with eight barges to protect it and the adjacent shipping channel.

In diplomatic developments, Presidents Macron and Biden reinforced their nations' commitment to Ukraine, proposing the use of frozen Russian assets to aid Kyiv, despite concerns from other countries. Their unified stance underscores the ongoing international efforts to support Ukraine amidst the conflict. Earleir in the week, French President Emmanuel Macron announced the transfer of Mirage-2000 fighter jets to Ukraine and the training of Ukrainian pilots and soldiers. This announcement comes amid heightened France-Russia tensions, evidenced by the arrest of a French citizen in Moscow for allegedly collecting military information.

The week ahead

The following is a roundup of upcoming protests scheduled to take place around the world during the week of June 10 – 16, 2024 *

June 10

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  • Canada: Pro-Palestine demonstration to be held in Surrey, British Columbia.
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  • Philippines: MANIBELA to stage nationwide 3-day strike action from June 10-12.
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  • Spain: Housing union plans a protest against eviction in Reus, Catalonia.

 

 

June 11

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  • France:
    • – Air traffic controllers to strike at Paris-Orly airport (ORY) from June 11-13.
    • – Education workers to stage rally in Saint-Denis, Île-de-France.
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  • Netherlands: Police union plans nationwide strike.
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  • Philippines: Activists to stage demonstration against China in Manila.
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  • United States: Demonstration against Texas Senate bill to be held in Dallas, Texas.

 

 

June 12

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  • Spain: Housing union plans a protest against eviction in Reus, Catalonia.
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  • United States:
    • – Pro-Palestine demonstration expected to take place in Littleton, Colorado.
    • – Pro-Palestine protest to be held in San Francisco, California.
    • – Climate activists to stage protest during the Congressional Baseball Game in Washington, D.C.

 

 

June 13

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  • France: Air traffic controllers to strike at Paris-Orly airport (ORY) from June 11-13.
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  • India: Tamil Nadu All Farmers’ Association Confederation calls to block roads to Kerala.

 

 

June 14

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  • France: Protest against migration policies to be held in Paris.
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  • Switzerland:
    • – Pro-feminist demonstration to be held in Basel, Basel-Stadt.
    • – Pro-feminist demonstration to be held in Zurich.
    • – Pro-feminist demonstration to be held in Geneva.
    • – Pro-feminist demonstration to be held in Bern.
    • – Pro-feminist demonstration to be held in Lausanne, Vaud.

 

 

June 15

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  • France:
    • – Pro-Palestine protest to be held in Lyon, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.
    • – “Yellow Vests” protest to be held in Paris.
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  • Germany: Pro-Palestine demonstration to be held in Würzburg, Bavaria.
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  • South Korea: Pro-Palestine protest expected to occur in Seoul.
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  • Spain: Education protest march to be held in Madrid.
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  • United Kingdom: Pro-Palestine protest to be held in Glasgow, Scotland.
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  • United States: Pride Month march to be held in Columbus, Ohio.

 

 

June 16

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  • Spain:
    • -Pro-Ukraine demonstration expected to take place in Alicante, Valencian Community.
    • – Anti-monarchy protest to be held in Valencia, Valencian Community.
    • – Anti-monarchy protest march to be held in Madrid.
* The details for these events, including the exact location and time, are available on the Hozint's intelligence platform. Log in or Request Access.
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