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Germany stops freight planes from Yemen

The Local · 31 Oct 2010, 09:35

Published: 31 Oct 2010 09:35 GMT+01:00

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"The federal government guarantees that from now on, no freight coming from Yemen will arrive in Germany," the minister said.

"The German aviation management has ordered all air companies, express carriers and other groups to check 100 percent and, until a new order is issued, stop existing and stored freight from Yemen," he added in a statement.

The checks were meant in particular for freight that was in transit and was to continue its journey by road or railway, the statement said.

The ministry announced earlier that major air freight carrier DHL had tightened checks at its German hub in Leipzig on goods coming from Yemen at the request of the US authorities.

London police headquarters Scotland Yard said Saturday that a suspect package found on a US-bound plane in Britain was routed via the German city of Cologne.

Germany's daily Bild am Sonntag newspaper, citing sources close to the country's security services, said German police were alerted about the package by information from Saudi Arabia.

They were however unable to stop it from leaving Cologne airport. Two packages containing explosives and addressed to synagogues in Chicago were intercepted on cargo aircraft in Dubai and Britain, triggering a massive international security alert Saturday.

Yemeni security forces have arrested a woman over the bombs in a suspected Al-Qaeda plot that Britain said was aimed at blowing up at least one of the planes.

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France's civil aviation authority announced Saturday it had suspended air freight from Yemen in the wake of the interception of the two parcel bombs.

Belgium called for "greater vigilance" of flights between Yemen and the United States.


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10:33 October 31, 2010 by Fatz Lewinski
I have no comment to the main story but: "Belgium called for "greater vigilance" of flights between Yemen and the United States." ???

I am so grateful for this advice and thank this significant world authortiy for pointing this out, should other countries' security services have not thought on this.

For those of you not up to date, Belgium is a small country used mainly as a parking lot for many international organizations. It's most significant political agenda is to split this itself into two even smaller countries. At least one half of these factions makes pretty good beer. Is there anything else I've forgotten?
11:50 October 31, 2010 by storymann
you forgot to mention the good chocolates ......
12:38 October 31, 2010 by Fatz Lewinski
Doh! And the waffles and that really nice mayonaise they put on Pommes - there could be more to this country than I think! I need to stop being so judgmental!
16:31 October 31, 2010 by derExDeutsche
The caption should have read;

"Germany stops freight planes from Yemen",

installs 1st Class seating in Cargo holds and Imports Yemenis for personal introduction.

'D.hl More Destinations in the Middle East. Period.'

American-Yemeni and German-Yemeni translation and matchmaking will be provided by tehlocal. With Intro to Progressive Subversion, Class Warfare, Propaganda and Car Flipping 101 soon to follow.
19:50 October 31, 2010 by wood artist

Although I may be mistaken, I'm wondering if the reference to Belgium might have actually been a reference to Brussels, and in that case it might actually be a directive or request from the EU.

Don't know, but that might seem possible, and a bit more logical.

On the other hand, I can't argue with the list of things Belgium has shared with the world. I'm not sure if they also get credit for brussel sprouts, but that might be blame not credit.

08:58 November 1, 2010 by gtappend
I wonder if he'll rethink his decision after reading the BBC report that "Dubai bomb was flown on passenger planes" (admittedly not the one that went through Germany)

09:48 November 1, 2010 by vjtheking
Not to forget their most famous exports to the world - 'French' fries and TinTin !!
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