Yemen calls for lifting flight ban after parcel bomb plot fails

08:30, November 03, 2010      

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Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Tuesday called on some countries to cancel a ban on flights from Yemen after two parcel bombs were found on U.S.-bound cargo flights from the Arabian peninsula country, the official Saba news agency reported.

Germany, Britain, Netherlands and Canada are among the countries that have banned air freight to passenger flights from Yemen and tightened security measures after attempts to mail parcel bombs to the U.S. from Yemen were foiled on Friday.

The decision to terminate air flights from Yemen is a collective punishment on the Yemeni people, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh told U.S. President Barack Obama through phone, according to Saba.

It has harmed Yemen's efforts to combat terrorism and served al- Qaida's purpose, which sought to damage Yemen's interests and its relations with international partners, the Yemeni president said.

Saleh also affirmed that his country had adopted exceptional security measures on cargo flights from Yemen and would continue to cooperate with the international community on combating terrorism.

With an intelligence help by the United States, Yemen has beefed up security campaign including air raids on al-Qaida wing since the terrorist group claimed credit for a failed attempt to blow up a U.S. passenger plane in December 2009.

Source: Xinhua


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