Yemen: Tribes condemn abduction of foreigners - 30 June 2009

Sanaa. The elders of 260 Yemeni tribes have signed a document that criminalises the abduction and harming of foreigners in Yemen, the country's state media said on Wednesday. The elders - who come from the cities of Dhale, Mahara, Dhamar, Baidhaa, Lahj, Saada, Shabwa and Jawf - signed the document which also bans revenge, banditry and sheltering fugitives.

On Monday, hundreds of people gathered in the capital Sanaa to protest against the kidnapping of nine foreigners and the murder of three of them in north-western Yemen. The protest was organised by the country's tourism union (...)