Sunday, April 09, 2006

Here and There


Where I am:
Personal Security Issues

The situation in Israel and the Palestinian Territories remains volatile and, in many parts, dangerous. In particular, the West Bank and Gaza Strip are unsafe; Nablus, Jenin and the Gaza Strip should be considered off-limits, except perhaps for essential daytime travel to Gaza City.

The threat of Palestinian suicide bombings and retaliatory strikes by Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) mean the personal security situation in Israel is not reliable or predictable. Prospective travellers are advised to check consular travel advice.

Where I am going:
Uncertain Security Especially in the North

Travellers are advised to monitor current events and to avoid travelling in the border regions of Chechnya, Dagestan, North Ossetia, Ingushetia, Kabarda-Balkar and Karachay-Cherkessia.

The main risks to travellers in these areas are land mines and a high incidence of kidnapping. The Pankisi Gorge area north of Akhmeta is the site of a concerted counter-terrorism campaign, and travellers should avoid unaccompanied travel to Svaneti. The breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia should also be avoided.


At 4/09/2006 9:55 PM, Anonymous Aviv said...

If the warnings about Georgia are accurate as the warnings about Israel, you are safe:-)

At 4/09/2006 10:43 PM, Blogger Esther Kustanowitz said...

Chenneling Steven Tyler....

"Livin' on the EDGE!!"

Be careful. Remember, without you, CK and Laya can't ransom their chametz back. [Insert evil laugh here...]

At 4/10/2006 11:45 AM, Blogger John said...

Aviv: Exactly - the Georgians say that the kidnapping scares are made up by the Russians. In any case I am glad that I am travelling with natives.

Esther: I am a boy from a redneck little mill town in rural North Carolina. Other than the folks in my high school class that joined the army and are serving in Iraq and Korea, I think that I's win the "lives and travels to the scariest places" award at my 15th year HS reunion - it's sad that my 10th one has already passed.


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