Arab Guest Workers Harassed [Archives:1999/08/Local News]

February 22 1999

Some 800 Arab guest workers still languish in various prisons in Sanaa. These are mostly Iraqis, Egyptians, Sudanese, Algerians, Palestinians, etc.
The interior ministry has been arresting Arabs who live in Yemen because their residence documents and work permits are not up to date. Once in jail, these individuals are then screened for extremist Islamic tendencies and sympathies.
These measures are being taken by the government following some threats received by the international community in Yemen.