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Yemen deports 4 Westerners over unlicensed touring

03-15-2011 16:48 BJT

SANAA, March 14 (Xinhua) -- Yemeni security authorities deported four Westerners on Monday, two days after they were arrested for weeks-long travel in southern the country without permission, an Interior Ministry official said.

"Two U.S. and two British citizens were arrested three days ago for touring dangerous places in south Yemen without permission and they were moved to the capital city of Sanaa on Saturday to be investigated," the official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

"The four, three journalists and one researcher, were filming a documentary about activities of the Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)," he said without elaborating further.

Yemen has been struggling to cement a fragile cease-fire deal with Shiite rebels in the north and to quell a growing separatist movement in the south, while the resurgent al-Qaida wing has been rampaging through the country's major cities.

The country has recently been rattled by mass protests demanding immediate resignation of long-time President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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