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A Yemeni soldier holding a machine gun stands guard at a street as authorities tighten up security measures in Sana'a, Yemen, 11 December 2012. EPA photo

A Yemeni soldier holding a machine gun stands guard at a street as authorities tighten up security measures in Sana'a, Yemen, 11 December 2012. EPA photo

Sevil Erkuş Sevil Erkuş sevil.kucukkosum@hdn.com.tr

Arms that were illegally shipped from Turkey to Yemen were replicas of a U.S. model pistol and displayed no references or markings that indicated that they were produced in Turkey, a Turkish official has said. In November, Yemeni officials seized pistols found in biscuit boxes inside a container that had come from Turkey, according to the Yemeni Defense Ministry’s website. There were reportedly 3,000 pistols on the ship.

The ship was subject to customs control at Turkey’s Mersin port and customs authorities were told that its cargo consisted of biscuits and other food items.

Turkey’s Customs and Trade Ministry launched an investigation after Yemeni authorities said they had seized arms on a ship that had departed from Turkey.

Noting that Yemen was undergoing a political transition, Turkish diplomatic sources said foreign parties might have intended to harm Turkey’s relations with country, which were boosted after the Turkish president’s visit to Sanaa in 2011 and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s visit in 2012.

Exports from Turkey to Yemen totaled nearly $500 million last year. However, illegal arms shipments could influence bilateral trade, said Turkish officials.

January/07/2013

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T.C

1/10/2013 10:18:23 AM

Everybody know's the U.S regime has been bombing and killing innocent civilians, mostly children, with their non stop drone attacks in Yemen. Everybody also knows that the U.S regime is one of the biggest supporters of terrorists in the world after Israel. What would Turkey have to gain from such acts while they are trying to boost relations with Yemen? It's pretty obvious who's trying to create instability in Yemen. Just like in Libya, just like in Iraq, just like in Syria... The U.S Regime!

Nadiri Başaran

1/7/2013 11:47:16 PM

Some people will go to any length to blacken Turkey's reputation.

Blue Dotterel

1/7/2013 7:29:17 PM

Is there an more evidence needed that the AKP is supporting terrorism in the ME?

mike alexander

1/7/2013 4:37:49 PM

The KIng was found without clothes !!!!!!!!!!!!

Hakan Salci

1/7/2013 4:16:48 PM

@ Cezer; what kind of investigation indeed. I mean replicas? Who in Turkey would be able to produce 3,000 replica guns without anyone noticing? What utter and total rubbish; another AKP cover-up in the making.

cezer "çapulcu" skonore

1/7/2013 12:49:35 AM

What kind of investigation and conclusion is this?
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