Interfor International - Weekly Security Matters Digest -November 1

Interfor International – Weekly Security Digest – November 1, 2022

Interfor’s Weekly Security & Covid Digest – November 1, 2022

Global Security Matters

  • Iranian security forces opened fire on protesters last week in Zahedan, a city that has seen weeks of unrest amid nationwide demonstrations after the death of Mahsa Amini in September.  Nearly 100 people have been killed in Zahedan since the demonstrations began.  Demonstrations have spread across 125 cities and have resulted in the death of at least 270 and the arrest of nearly 14,000.
  • Two car bombs in Mogadishu, Somalia killed over 100 people and injured 300.   The attack was carried out by Al-Shabaab, which the Pentagon describes as the “most kinetically active al-Qaeda network in the world.”  President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud recently declared a “total war” on al-Shabaab.  The US coordinated several strikes with the Somalian government against al-Shabaab leadership earlier this year.
  • The UN Security Council condemned a drone attack on a Greek oil tanker in Yemen.  Houthi rebels attacked the ship at the Al-Dubba oil terminal.  The attack is not only a threat to stability but a major threat to maritime security under the navigational rights and freedoms secured under international law.  The Security Council urged the Houthis to cease attacks that threaten the Yemeni population.

Covid-19 Updates

Total Deaths: 6,566,610 (1,066,351 in United States) 

US Hospitalization Rate: 1% decline in the past week

  • Covid-19 in China is on the rise: Shanghai Disney Resort closed its gates due to the virus and Apple workers walked away from a factory in central China following Covid-19 outbreaks.
  • Washington state has ended its Covid-19 state of emergency. 
  • Macau’s government is set to conduct community-wide testing for Covid-19 as the gambling hub grapples to contain the spread of the virus.
  • Syrian health authorities launched a broad immunization campaign against Covid-19.


Global cases: 77,092              US cases: 28,302

  • Monkeypox can have “devastating outcomes” on severely immunocompromised patients such as those with untreated HIV, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).