By Joanne Bladd
Forces uncover 16,000 guns in shipment from Turkey to protest-hit Arab state, says police chief
Dubai foiled an attempt to smuggle 16,000 guns from Turkey to Yemen, the emirate’s police chief Dahi Khalfan told a press conference Thursday.
The smugglers were arrested, he said, including six Arabs residing in the UAE.
The shipment was destined for Saada, Khalfan said.
Yemen has seen seven weeks of violent protests against the 32-year rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, prompting Saleh to sack his cabinet and declare a state of emergency.
More than 50 people were killed last week when gunmen loyal to Saleh opened fire on demonstrators protesting in the capital.
Yemen, an Al Qaeda stronghold that borders Saudi Arabia, has no clear succession strategy if Saleh resigns and faces the danger of fragmentation.