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Australia Raises Terrorism Threat Level

In response to the current situation in Syria and Iraq and recent arrests of suspected terrorists, Australia has raised its a National Terrorism Public Alert level from medium to high. IFSA-Butler's staff in Australia have alerted students to the possibility of increased security at airports and large events, as well as smaller measures such as sealed garbage cans in public. Our staff are also reinforcing a recommendation to avoid large demonstrations and political rallies.

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Bomb Blasts in Chile

September 11, 2014

Please be aware that two homemade devices have exploded in Viña del Mar. Yesterday a device was placed in a bathroom in a Viña del Mar mall.  There were no injuries reported. This follows an explosion at a supermarket Tuesday that wounded one person. All IFSA-Butler students in Valparaíso and Viña del Mar are accounted for and well.

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United Kingdom Raises Terrorism Threat Level

 August 29, 2014

Today the United Kingdom raised its terrorism threat level from "substantial" to "severe," indicating that an attack is highly likely. However, the U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May said there was no intelligence to suggest an attack was "imminent" but that the level had been raised in response to events in Iraq and Syria. It is reported that approximately 500 Britons have traveled to Syria and Iraq to fight with the Islamic State (IS), and this security measure allows officials to detain suspected militants at ports of entry and exit.

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Tensions in Israel-July 31, 2014

July 31, 2014

IFSA-Butler has been closely monitoring the developments of Operation Protective Edge since its inception at the beginning of July. We rely on a combination of reports from the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem, along with U.S. State Department updates and reports from our privately contracted intelligence agency, Max Security Solutions in Tel Aviv. Additionally, we have been in frequent contact with study abroad colleagues around the U.S. who are currently discussing their plans for study abroad programming in Israel for the fall 2014 semester, as well as Rothberg International School (RIS) administration at Hebrew University.

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Tensions in Israel-July 8, 2014

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

IFSA-Butler is closely monitoring the recent escalation of tensions in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. On July 8, the Israeli government announced Operation Protective Shield, a military operation with the aims of securing the Israeli-Gaza border and putting an end to the increased rocket fire coming out of Gaza into Southern Israel. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have targeted dozens of militant targets in Gaza over the past week, and an increase of IDF troops have been deployed to the border region.

In addition, we are monitoring the security situation in Jerusalem, specifically East Jerusalem and the Old City, where many riots, demonstrations and violence have occurred after a Palestinian youth was killed in an alleged retaliatory attack.

This is the largest escalation of military involvement by Israel since November 2012. We will continue to closely monitor this situation as it develops and hopefully dissipates within the next few weeks.

IFSA-Butler is continuing to plan for students' arrival for the fall 2014 semester at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. At this time, we do not anticipate that the study abroad semester will be interrupted; however, we will keep students, parents and advisors updated with developments as they occur.

IFSA-Butler takes personal safety very seriously when planning study abroad programs. We work with U.S. governmental agencies and a private security intelligence agency in Tel Aviv, which provides real-time updates regarding on-the-ground developments in Israel and the Palestinain Territories. During the IFSA-Butler program orientation, our staff will discuss with students the current situation in Israel, and provide extensive safety instructions for Jerusalem and throughout Israel. IFSA-Butler and Hebew University staff are trained in crisis response, and both can be reached 24/7 via an emergency phone number should a student need assistance.

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