People smugglers busted after 22 people found in cement transporter at UAE border

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Thermal imagery of 22 people huddled in a cement container on the back of a transporter truck. (WAM)
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X-ray imagery of 22 people huddled in a cement container on the back of a transporter truck. (WAM)
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Image of the cement transporter truck used in the attempted smuggling of 22 people in to the UAE. (WAM)
Updated 14 February 2018
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People smugglers busted after 22 people found in cement transporter at UAE border

DUBAI: These images capture the moment UAE authorities foiled a smuggling operation involving 22 people hidden inside a cement transporter, UAE state news agency WAM reported.
Customs officials at the border of the northern emirate of Sharjah arrested the driver of the truck after discovering 21 men and a woman hidden inside – apparently trying to illegally cross into the country.
The thermal and X-ray images clearly show a group of people inside the large cement transporter.
The incident happened last week, but the authorities released the images late on Tuesday evening. No details were given on where the people were traveling from or their nationalities.


Iraq parliament approves ministers but deadlock over security posts

Updated 18 December 2018
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Iraq parliament approves ministers but deadlock over security posts

  • Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has now filled 17 posts in his cabinet of 22 ministers
  • Deadlock remains over the five empty posts including the key ministers of defense and interior

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s parliament approved three new ministers Tuesday but broke up before voting on the five remaining posts.

Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has now filled 17 posts in his cabinet of 22 ministers. 

But deadlock remains over the five empty posts including the key ministers of defense and interior.

The other 14 were approved by parliament in late October.