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Aden Traffic Police Carry Out Campaign to Detain Offending Motorcycles

National Yemen

Banning motorcycles in Yemen

By NY Staff

Based on the decision of the Security Committee in the governorate of Aden, the security management of traffic police has detained 13 motorcycles in an extensive campaign carried out to detain outlawed motorcycles entering Aden.

According to the director of traffic police, Colonel Mohammed Shaher, the traffic police continue to pursue motorcycles in all ports and roads linking the province with the rest of the country as a preventive measure. Technicians aim to reduce the use of motorcycles in major cities to maintain the appearance of civilization of the city.

Recently, many assassinations in parts of Yemen, especially in Sana’a, have been carried out by offenders who ride motorcycles. In return, Yemeni authorities decided in December 2013 to prevent the use of motorcycles in the capital, Sana’a, to avoid perpetrators who use this tool as a way to attack and facilitate their escape.

The Interior Ministry has prevented the use of motorcycles in Sana’a on Sunday through December 15, upholding the decision of the Supreme Committee which aims to “establish security and stability.”

The crime rate was reduced significantly in the capital Sana’a, particularly in relation to the theft of personal bags and mobile phones where motorcycles are used for this purpose. Motorcycle drivers had a demonstration in the streets of the capital Sana’a to protest against the decision, arguing that the decision discriminates against them and deprives them of a living for their families.

An official source told the Security Committee that due to the continuation of the exploitation of motorcycles by subversive elements and terrorists to carry out criminal and cowardly acts that target many innocent, whether heroes of the armed forces, security, personalities, national cadres, citizens, guests or visitors to our country to continue to prevent the movement of motorbikes in the capital starting from February 1st until February 28th, 2014

According to the Yemeni Interior Ministry, the number of motorcycles in 2012 reached more than 250,000 bikes. With other sources considered, the figure is now much larger. In the Hodeida province alone there are 125,000 bikes as quoted by the newspaper Almasdr.

The approximate number of assassinated people from the army and security, government officials and politicians has reached 316 soldiers, 75 officers, 9 government officials and politicians. Terrorist attacks targeted them in different provinces around Yemen, the most being in Hadramout, Shabwa, al-Baydha, Sana’a and Abyan. Motorcycles were used in 22% of the attacks.