Paper: Yemeni Citizens Deported From Saudi Arabia on Unity Day

Published May 30th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

More that 343 Yemeni citizens were “forcibly deported from Saudi Arabia on the eve of May 22, the 10th anniversary of Yemen Unity, reported the English bi-monthly, Yemen Times. 

The paper said Saudi authorities requested Aden International Airport to send Yemeni airplanes to take the deportees. When the Yemeni airplanes arrived, Yemenis were harshly boarded. The first plane carried 105 passengers; the second 121, the third 117 and the fourth carried an unknown number of citizens to Al-Rayyan, Hadramout, said the paper. 

"The citizens who arrived at the airport were in terrible conditions," a security official at Aden Airport was quoted by the daily as saying.  

"They were very hungry because they had had only one meal after their arrest". He also added: "The citizens told us that they were arbitrarily arrested from streets and mosques then detained until they were forcibly taken to the airport"  

We really do feel sorry that this took place on the eve of celebrating our Unity anniversary. We feel surprised at the news that another 1200 Yemenis are intended to be deported from Saudi Arabia in the near future –  



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