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Yemen angry over flight ban

The Local · 2 Nov 2010, 08:05

Published: 02 Nov 2010 08:05 GMT+01:00

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"Yemen expresses its regret and surprise at the decision of Germany, with which it maintains good relations of friendship and cooperation, to ban all flights," a government spokesman said, quoted by the official Saba news agency.

Yemen's partners should help the country "reinforce its efforts to beat terrorism instead of resorting to decisions which can only be likened to collective punishment," the spokesman said.

Germany's decision was "illogical and penalises Yemen and its people who reject terrorism," the Yemeni spokesman said.

Two parcels addressed to Jewish institutions in Chicago containing the lethal explosive PETN hidden in ink toner cartridges were uncovered in Britain and Dubai on Thursday on cargo planes en route to the United States.

They had been posted in Yemen and have been linked to the group al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and a bomb maker believed to be hiding in Yemen.

The bomb found in Britain had been routed via the western German city of Cologne.

Germany on Monday extended a ban on air freight from Yemen to passenger planes, becoming the first to reject all flights from the Arabian peninsula nation after other countries moved to stop only cargo.

"This type of hasty and exaggerated decision can only damage Yemen's efforts to fight terrorism and can only serve the interests of terrorists who seek to hurt Yemen and its relations with its friends and its regional and international partners," the Yemeni official said.

"Yemen is one of the countries that has suffered the most from acts of terrorism committed by Yemenis or foreigners, which have caused considerable damage to its economy, notably to tourism and investment."

The country is committed "in the campaign against terrorism and needs the support of all its friends because terrorism is a danger that threatens the whole world," the official said.

The German government said Monday its air authorities "have orders to turn back all direct and indirect flights from Yemen."

It was weighing whether to ban freight from other countries amid a major security review, an official said.

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London has also suspended all unaccompanied air cargo from Yemen and extended the ban to cargo from war-torn Somalia.

The Netherlands on Monday suspended cargo and mail flights originating in Yemen, and France has also suspended air freight.

A US official said Monday that the United States had intercepted parcels from Yemen in September thought to be a dry run for the package bomb plot.

The dry run contained household goods including books, religious literature, and a computer disk and were shipped by "someone with ties to al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula," a US official told ABC News.


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08:46 November 2, 2010 by delvek
Oh really, boo hoo hoo sniff sniff.

If your angry Mr. Yemen then do something about it and eradicate your radical element.

angry ... lol
09:49 November 2, 2010 by ngwanem
the ban is stupid... yemen borders saudi arabia and the latter is a western ally. a terrorist can still circumvent security measures by travelling to saudi arabia and flying from there. would germany and the other western countries also ban saudi arabia?
10:08 November 2, 2010 by delvek
why not, most of the hijackers for 9/11 were from S.A. if I recall and they still have a problem with radical islam. Force these countries to address the element.
10:39 November 2, 2010 by William Thirteen
the ban will only be in effect until Germany comes up with a plan to raise taxes on Yemeni passengers & freight!
11:27 November 2, 2010 by delvek
They should pay a surcharge since passengers and freight from the Middle East requires more resources.

Until the West requires these countries make a formal decision to embrace or destroy radicalism they will continue to say no when it counts but say yes behind closed doors.
11:43 November 2, 2010 by adipk
I hope this drama will end after US mid term elections. Thats why F&%/(§ Laden has released an audio. Moreover, If EU will continue to send its force to Afghanistan than may be nothing going wrong. Currently allied forces need some cheap armed personal.

Its true 9/11 bastard belong to said area but now every body is taking advantage.

I hope peace will come once again to WORLD some day.
12:26 November 2, 2010 by Frenemy
@adipk: "I hope peace will come once again to WORLD some day"??!!

Please refresh my memory. Exactly when in history did we last have world peace?
13:10 November 2, 2010 by delvek
I am with frenemy, when was this peace? Peace is not reachable for mankind, deal with it.
14:18 November 2, 2010 by adipk
yes sirrrr. I admit my mistake. but hope for peace or at least less trouble then now. It could be stone age.
16:16 November 2, 2010 by tallady
Yemen is confusing caution with punishment..Halting cargo from Yemen, given the present circumstances is Prudent .
19:16 November 2, 2010 by Frenemy
There is no reason this can't be caution AND punishment. (And its not as if we haven't asked/pleaded/warned/threatened them to reign in their fundies on numerous occasions.)

...when the carrot doesn't work, out comes the stick!
11:57 November 4, 2010 by moistvelvet
If Germany bans flights from Yemen, then shouldn't the UK ban flights from Germany, or would that be unreasonable? Afterall it was their lacklustre security that allowed the devices to be passed on ;-)
12:23 November 4, 2010 by Frenemy
"lackluster security"??

Our track-record of thwarting terrorists is much better than yours!!
22:47 November 5, 2010 by DrGideonPolya
Of course the remarkable things about these alleged air bombs from Yemen are as follows.

1. They didn't actually explode in the air.

2. They were addressed to synagogues in Chicago (what's the point if they were meant to explode in the air?)

3. The only air-delivered bombs in the Yemen are actual bombs delivered by US Predator drones on Yemeni villages and killing numerous villagers.

This alleged Yemeni bomb story has all the hallmarks of the usual US-Israeli terror hysteria propaganda story (probably timed for the US mid-term Congressional elections to make war criminal Obama look better for US voters).

While none of the alleged Yemen bombs actually exploded or killed anyone, every day in the US Empire 1,000 mostly Muslim children are actively or passively murdered by the Americans (see "Hey, hey USA, how many kids did you kill today? Answer: 1,000".

Much of the World has had enough of neocon American and racist Zionist (RZ) terror hysteria lies and propaganda for war, mass murder and genocide. Many scientific, engineering and intelligence experts say that the US did 9-11 (some asserting with Israeli involvement) (Google "Experts: US did 9-11").

Thus, outstanding Jewish-American scholar Professor Noam Chomsky from 76-Nobel Laureate Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has stated that there is no hard evidence that Al Qaeda did 9/11.

Post-9/11 (3,000 victims) the US Alliance (including Germany) has killed 8 million mostly Muslim people either actively or passively through deprivation, the breakdown being 2.5 million (Iraq), 4.9 million (Afghanistan) and 0.8 million (global opiate drug-related deaths due to US Alliance restoration of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry from 6% world market share in 2001 to over 90% today) (Google Afghan Holocaust, Afghan Genocide).

The War on Terror is US Alliance and Zionist anti-Semitism (specifically, anti-Arab anti-Semitism) with a death toll comparable that of the WW2 anti-Jewish anti-Semitic Jewish Holocaust (5-6 million killed, 1 in 6 dying from deprivation).
23:12 November 7, 2010 by mixxim
Frenemy is right of course. There are as many potential terrorists in the midlands (England) as in the rest of the arab world. If the US were serious about fighting terrorism they should bomb Birmingham! Our MPs are also more corrupt than those of Nigeria and Pakistan put together....
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