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Yemen faces increasing weapons, drugs smuggling problem

The trafficking of weapons, drugs and human beings has become a major problem for Yemen.
Fishermen transport fish from their boats at a harbour in the southern city of Aden, situated at the mouth of the Red Sea, August 22, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi (YEMEN - Tags: SOCIETY) - RTX12TL4
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In late February, a Serbian citizen was arrested in western Yemen while trying to smuggle a sniper rifle and other items into the Mocha area. A few days later, a British citizen stood in a Yemeni court accused of smuggling Yemeni antiquities.

Smuggling in Yemen is no longer limited to Yemenis or regional smugglers — non-Arab foreigners engage in it, too. In the last decade, smuggling has significantly risen along Yemen’s coast and across its borders.

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