10 separatists arrested in south Yemen

08:58, September 28, 2010      

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The Yemeni security authorities on Monday arrested 10 separatists accused of involving in anti- government riots in the troubled southern province of Lahj, some 300 km south of Sanaa, the Interior Ministry said.

In a statement posted on its website, the ministry said the 10 arrested separatists had carried out anti-government activities including inciting people to burn tires and cut off roads during protests over the past few days in Lahj's capital city of Huta.

On Saturday, Yemen's Defense Ministry said that gunmen robbed a government's vehicle carrying large amounts of money in Huta after they clashed with security escorts.

Besides the resurgent al-Qaida regional wing and the fragile truce with northern Houthi-led Shiite rebels, Yemen has been facing growing troubles since 2007 with the armed separatist movement in the south which seeks to secede from the north.

Northern and southern parts of Yemen unified in 1990 under a deal between the People's General Congress and the Yemeni Socialist Party. However, the deal fell apart which led to a crisis between the two allies and turned into a civil war in 1994.

Source: Xinhua


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