Children arrested for playing with firecrackers [Archives:2006/990/Local News]

October 16 2006

SANA'A, Oct. 15 ) Security authorities arrested many children in the capital for playing with firecrackers, sources said Saturday.

Two children's groups, the Democratic School and the Children Parliament, urged Minister of Interior, Rashad Al-Alimi, to release children detained in many police stations for playing with firecrackers, which are sold in Yemeni markets.

The statement said authorities should prevent entry of firecrackers into the country and punish traders, who import these products, before penalizing grocers or children.

Jamal Al-Shami, Executive Director of the Democratic School revealed that Ulayah Police Station, south of the capital, arrested three children, two of them have been freed while the third child has been detained for three days.

He confirmed they contacted the police station to free the detained child, pointing out the school visited the children and expressed solidarity with them.