Saturday, 30 October 2010

Security measures tightened, two women arrested in Yemen

By Nasser Arrabyee/ 30/10/2010

The Yemeni authorities have tightened securities measures in the Yemeni capital on Saturday after reports about suspicious packages allegedly shipped from in planes bound for United States.

The soldiers were deployment in the streets more than normal and with more check points searching the cars and asking some people for IDs.

Many suspects were arrested including two women on Saturday, according to security sources.

The shipment companies in Sana'a like FedEx, UPS, DHL, declined to speak to journalists and prevented cameramen to shoot their companies. They were obviously scared and afraid to say anything and some of them shouted and fired the journalists.

The Yemeni government from its side denied that any UPS planes took off from Yemen.

"No UPS cargo planes took off from Yemen to other countries there are no direct flights from Yemen to the United Kingdom or the United States," a Yemeni official statement said Saturday.

"UPS planes never land or take off in Yemen."

The security measures at Yemeni airports are tightened and the authorities search passengers and luggage well, the official said, adding that Yemen has recently installed modern checking systems that can detect dangerous or suspicious materials to the safety of passengers and planes

We urge the media not to make hasty judgments about sensitive issues and the media should wait until investigations reveal the truth, the official said, as he pointed out that Yemen has launched an investigation into the allegations and planned to coordinate with the United Arab Emirates, Britain and the U.S. over the issue.

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