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Yemen opens new police departments near Oman border

Yemen yesterday opened a number of new police departments in a province near its border with neighbouring Oman.

The governor of Mahra yesterday visited the police forces and opened a number of departments including that of the Port Security Management, Security Facilities Management and Logistics Management.

Mohammed Abdullah Keda reiterated the importance of keeping the province free from threats.

Mahra has been largely untouched by the unrest in Yemen. However, there have been cases in the latter part of last year of weapons being smuggled from Oman to the Houthis via Mahra.

Yemen has been locked in a bitter battle between Houthi fighters allied with forces loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh and government forces led by President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, along with local tribes and resistance forces that are being backed by the Saudi-led coalition's airstrikes.

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