Risk and Safety Updates

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July 27

The University of Texas does not regulate personal travel/vacation, but we are committed to supporting knowledge and safety while traveling.

July 22

Sadly, there has been a shooting at a mall in the Olympia shopping center is Moosach district of Munich. Early reports state at least eight people have been killed and an unknown number of people are injured. Witnesses report seeing three gunmen who, according to police, remain at large.

This situation is ongoing, but here is what is known so far:

July 19

Hundreds of people were killed in Turkey and more than 1,400 wounded as a result of the attempted coup.  In the aftermath, the Turkish government has continued to carry out large-scale security force operations to detain alleged participants and supporters of the coup.

July 15

On 14 July, a truck drove through a crowd watching fireworks for Bastille Day (La fête nationale) celebrations (The national holiday is to commemorate the Storming of the Bastille, an important event in the French Revolution). The attacker shot into the crowd before driving into it. According to reports, 84 people have lost their lives and many more injured; sadly, these numbers are expected to continue to rise.

French officials have announced three days of national mourning to begin on Saturday, 16 July.

July 15

Gunshots have been heard in the capital Ankara and military aircraft have been reported flying low over the city. Two bridges over the Bosphorus strait in the commercial capital Istanbul have been closed, according to Turkish television, and there are unconfirmed reports of military movements in other cities.

Early reports are stating Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have been blocked. The situation is ongoing and we will post updates as soon as they are available. 

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July 8

It’s the best time of year for heading to the river, lake, and/or beach, even while abroad. If you’re like me, this is the time of year you enjoy the most because you can spend the whole day outside enjoying all types of outdoor activities and aquatic entertainment. While most outdoor activities are thoroughly enjoyable, they can pose significant health and safety risks if you aren’t careful.

June 30

On Tuesday, June, 28, three attackers killed 43 people and injured more than 230 others when they opened fire and detonated explosives in the Ataturk (IST) airport. Each attacker was in a different area of the airport, causing chaos and high numbers of injuries and deaths. 

Amid the debris, crews have worked diligently to reopen the airport, which was successful yesterday morning, Wednesday, June 29, as the terminals reopened (as a point of reference, Brussels took 12 days to reopen). 

June 28

According to early reports, explosions and gunfire has claimed 28 lives and has injured more than 60. The international departure terminal is said to have experienced the brunt of the attack. It is imperative that travelers avoid this area.

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