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Britons Rush To Get Home From France Amid New Quarantine

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 15 August 2020

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Passengers wearing protective face masks arrive from Paris at Eurostar terminal at St Pancras station, as Britain imposes a 14-day quarantine on arrival from France from Saturday, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Britons rush home by any means necessary.

Security (Health) // BLUF: British travellers on their summer holiday are scrambling to return home from France by any means necessary, before a 14-day quarantine comes into force.

France was added to the list of countries that require travellers to enter 14-day quarantine on arrival to the United Kingdom, due to the rising cases of COVID-19 there.

The quarantine for people returning from France comes into effect 0300 GMT on Saturday.

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The Daily Quick-Look for 15 August 2020

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look is your at-a-glance look at several key events and situations around the world over the last 24 hours. Each headline contains the link to its source report.

BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front.

FYSA = For Your Situational Awareness.

1. UNITED STATES, IRAN, VENEZUELA - Security, Political: US seizes millions of dollars of Iranian fuel bound for Venezuela

FYSA: The US says it has taken control of four Iranian fuel shipments bound for Venezuela in the largest-ever seizure of its kind. About 1.1 million barrels of fuel were confiscated "with the assistance of foreign partners", according to the Justice Department. Washington said the shipments violated US sanctions. Iran's ambassador to Venezuela claimed that neither the ships nor their owners were Iranian. (BBC. See link in heading for further reading)

2. UNITED KINGDOM, FRANCE - Security (Health): Britons rush home from France to beat new quarantine rules

FYSA: British travellers rushed home from summer holidays in France on Friday, booking planes, trains, boats and even private jets to get home before a 14-day quarantine comes into force in response to rising coronavirus infections there. The government announced late on Thursday that it would impose a quarantine from 0300 GMT on Saturday on arrivals from France, giving an estimated 160,000 UK holidaymakers there just over 24 hours to get home or face self-isolation on return. The sudden rule change dealt a fresh blow to tourists, airlines and tour operators. The pandemic has left many travel groups cash-strapped and fighting for survival. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

3. TURKEY, UAE, ISRAEL - Security, Political: Turkey may suspend ties with UAE over Israel deal, Erdogan says

FYSA: Turkey is considering suspending diplomatic ties with the United Arab Emirates and withdrawing its ambassador over the Gulf state’s accord to normalise ties with Israel, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday. The Turkish foreign ministry said history would never forgive the UAE’s “hypocritical behaviour” in agreeing such a deal, which recasts the order of Middle East politics.Under the U.S.-brokered, the first between Israel and a Gulf Arab, the Jewish state agreed to suspend its planned annexation of areas of the occupied West Bank. Palestinian leaders have denounced it as a “stab in the back” to their cause. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

4. LEBANON, ISRAEL, UAE - Security, Political: Hezbollah chief says UAE-Israeli deal was favour to Trump

FYSA: The leader of Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah movement on Friday condemned the deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates to normalise ties as a betrayal of Islam and Arabs, saying it was done as a favour to U.S. President Donald Trump. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech that Trump announced the deal because he needed “an achievement” ahead of U.S. elections. He said he expected a number of Arab states to follow the UAE example to “satisfy” Washington. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

5. LEBANON, ISRAEL, UAE - Security, Political: Hezbollah will respond if Israel behind Beirut blast: Nasrallah

FYSA: Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday that his group would wait for results of an investigation into the Beirut port explosion, but if it turns out to be an act of sabotage by Israel then it would "pay an equal price". The leader of the powerful Iran-backed Shi'ite Muslim group said in a televised speech that the two theories under investigation were that either an accident due to negligence, or sabotage caused the explosion of warehoused ammonium nitrate. Israel has denied any involvement in the Aug. 4 blast that killed 172 people, injured 6,000, damaged swathes of the city and left 300,000 homeless. Lebanon's president has said investigators were looking into negligence, an accident or "external interference". (Otago Daily Times. See link in heading for further reading)

6. IRAN, ISRAEL, UAE - Security, Political: Iran says UAE-Israel deal is dangerous and illegitimate

FYSA: Iran said the deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates on normalising relations is “dangerous and illegitimate”, the state news agency IRNA quoted a Foreign Ministry statement as saying on Friday. “The shameful measure of Abu Dhabi to reach an agreement with the fake Zionist regime (Israel) is a dangerous move and the UAE and other states that backed it will be responsible for its consequences,” the statement added. “This is stabbing the Palestinians in the back and will strengthen the regional unity against the Zionist regime.” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif denounced the UAE-Israel accord as “theatre” concocted by the United States. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

7. BELARUS - Security, Political: Alexander Lukashenko promises fresh crackdown on Belarus protesters

FYSA: The standoff in Belarus appears to be entering a decisive phase, with embattled president Alexander Lukashenko promising a fresh crackdown as protests continued. On Friday evening, tens of thousands of protesters marched towards government buildings in central Minsk, holding flowers and signs demanding an end to violence and Lukashenko’s resignation. Gathering outside parliament, they faced off against a few dozen troops guarding the building. The mood was peaceful and cheerful, with no threat from the crowd to storm the building. At 9pm, they turned around and left, shouting: “We’ll come back every day”. For the past two days, riot police have not engaged protesters. However, in a sign that more violence could be imminent over the weekend, an angry Lukashenko appeared on television on Friday evening, ordering Belarusians not to take to the streets. (The Guardian. See link in heading for further reading)

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