Yemeni guards foils prison break attempt

Updated 07 December 2012
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Yemeni guards foils prison break attempt

ADEN: Yemeni guards foiled an attempted prison break by 25 Al-Qaeda convicts yesterday, some of them some considered as high risk, a security official said.
“The guards from Aden central prison foiled an escape attempt with the discovery of an eight meter (yard) long tunnel dug by the 25 detainees,” the official told AFP.
“Another two meters and the tunnel would have reached a market near the prison” in the Mansura district of Yemen’s main southern city, he added.
The detainees included “some dangerous elements who were to be transferred to Sanaa,” the official said.
Aden prison houses many suspected or convicted members of Al-Qaeda which has been particularly active in the south and southeast of Yemen.
In December last year, 12 Al-Qaeda prisoners escaped from the jail, just months after 60 escaped from a prison in the port of Mukalla, killing a guard.
In June this year, five Al-Qaeda prisoners broke out of a jail in Hodeida on the Red Sea coast.


Tunisia reopens consulate in Libyan capital Tripoli

Updated 21 April 2018
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Tunisia reopens consulate in Libyan capital Tripoli

  • Most embassies left Tripoli in 2014 when heavy fighting broke out between rival factions.
  • Only a few embassies came back when a UN-backed administration took office in 2016.

Tripoli: Tunisia has reopened its consulate in the Libyan capital, the Libya foreign ministry said on Saturday, the latest mission to return to Tripoli.
Most embassies left Tripoli in 2014 when heavy fighting broke out between rival factions and few came back when a UN-backed administration took office in 2016.
The Tunisian consulate resumed work after talks between the two countries, the Libyan foreign ministry said. The Tunisian foreign ministry declined to comment, but a diplomatic source confirmed the move.
Tunisian had closed its mission 2015 after ten staff were kidnapped.
In recent weeks some Western embassies have sent diplomats for longer stays to Tripoli as security has improved, although few stay full time on the ground.
The Italian and Turkish embassies as well as the UN mission are among the few open.
Tripoli is formally run by a Government of National Accord backed by the UN but in reality controlled by a patchwork of armed groups.
Big street clashes between rival groups have ended, but several rockets which hit Tripoli airport this week were a reminder that security remains shaky.
The UN has been trying to meditate to produce a national government and end the rift between the administration in Tripoli and a rival one in the east, part of a conflict gripping the oil producer since the toppling of Muammar Qaddafi in 2011.