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London on High Alert Following Boston Marathon Bombing

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

In light of the tragic bombing at the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, the city of London has been placed on high alert for the remainder of the week. Baroness Margaret Thatcher's funeral is scheduled for April 17, and protests are likely to occur along the two-mile funeral route. Click here more information and a map of the funeral procession.

Additionally, the London Marathon will take place on Sunday, April 21. Marathon organizers are working closely with Metropolitan Police to review security arrangements in order to provide a safe environment for runners and spectators.

IFSA-Butler has notified students in the United Kingdom and Ireland to be watchful and cautious should they plan to travel to London, participate in any of the activities this week and/or spend time in a major city in the U.K. and Ireland. Students were reminded of the following travel safety precautions:

  1. All students should submit their travel plans to the IFSA-Butler resident office via the online Travel Notification form.
  2. Travel plans should be registered with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) through the U.S. State Department https://step.state.gov/step/.
  3. Student must carry their IFSA-Butler laminated emergency card and insurance card with them at all times. Additional, an ICE (in case of emergency) number should be programmed into their cell phones.
  4. Consult the BBC website on a regular basis to keep up to date with breaking news.
  5. Anyone planning to fly will need to allot extra time at the airport as security will more than likely tightened. Expect long waits and possible delays due to increased security measures.
  6. Any student in an emergency should follow the IFSA-Butler emergency procedures and contact a resident staff member immediately.

Please feel free to contact IFSA-Butler should you have any questions or concerns. For more information regarding these events, please see the following media outlets:

Washington Post
Virgin London Marathon
New York Times

Egypt Protesters Battle with Security Officers

Protests in Cairo erupted this week and today included an attack on the Presidential Palace. The protests are focused on various issues, including political clashes, economic worries and commemoration of the country's revolution in January 2011.

IFSA-Butler currently has no students in Cairo. Our spring semester students are in Alexandria and are going about their business as normal.

For more information on this situation, we recommend the following news sites:




Israeli Airstrikes on Syria

IFSA-Butler is closely monitoring a reported Israeli airstrike on Syria. Despite the airstrikes, Ulpan courses are proceeding normally at Hebrew University.

According to U.S. intelligence sources, Israel carried out an airstrike Wednesday night on the Lebanese/Syrian border against an arms convoy on the Syrian side of the border. The convoy was reportedly carrying Russian-made SA-17 missiles that Syria was trying to transfer to Hezbollah.

For several hours after the attack, Syria and Lebanon insisted nothing had happened along their mutual border, and Israel has neither confirmed nor denied that it is responsible for the attack. Though some media outlets are reporting that Syria is threatening a military response, most analysts seem to agree that the Syrian government is neither interested nor able to respond militarily to last night's attack.

Our staff in Israel report that the general public in Israel remains relatively unconcerned at this time. In addition, there has been no change in the U.S. Department of State's Travel Warning for Israel.

IFSA-Butler has sent a notice to students in Israel reminding them to avoid travel to the Golan Heights, to maintain a low profile and to avoid potential conflict areas. Our staff in Israel are also following the safety procedures and advice of Hebrew University and local Israeli authorities.

State of Emergency Delcared in Three Egyptian Cities

Monday, January 28, 2013

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has declared a state of emergency and curfew in the cities of Suez, Ismailia and Port Said. Protests in the three cities began as a second anniversary commemoration of the 2011 revolution that ultimately ousted longtime president Hosni Mubarek, but the anniversary demonstrations turned into anti-Morsi protests in some places.

All three cities are several hours from our program sites in Cairo and Alexandria, so our students should not be affected by the state of emergency or curfew. IFSA-Butler will update our audiences on this situation as necessary.

For more information:

Link to Egypt map



New York Times

Egypt Demonstrations-January 25

Friday, January 25, 2013

Today in Egypt, citizens are gathering in numerous locations throughout the country to demonstrate for the 2nd anniversary of the 2011 revolution. Large numbers of Egyptians have turned out in both central Cairo and Alexandria, where IFSA-Butler programs are located. Demonstrations are expected to continue through tomorrow, January 26, in anticipation of the court verdict for the critical incident at the Port Said soccer match last year.

The IFSA-Butler resident director in Egypt has confirmed that all students are accounted for and doing well. Since today is Friday, there are no classes at the university. Therefore, students have been instructed to remain in their apartments the entire day. IFSA-Butler will continue to monitor events happening around Egypt and provide updates as necessary. For more information, please see the following online media sources:

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