army deserters seized in Yemen
Sanaa, Yemen, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Yemeni security forces have
arrested 10 Eritrean army deserters after they illegally entered Yemen from the
Red Sea, government sources said Saturday.
opposition Yemeni Tagamoo' for Reforms Party quoted official sources on its Web
Site as saying "The security forces identified the 10 Eritrean as army
soldiers who have fled their camps and arrived illegally in the northern Yemeni
province of Hajja."
The sources said the deserters were
being interrogated and admitted they have fled from the army and went to Yemen
in search of work.
The authorities filed no charges against
the soldiers, who were initially suspected of being on an intelligence
gathering mission in Yemen in view of the strained relations between the two
countries over a disputed Red Sea island.
Relations between Eritrea and Yemen
deteriorated in recent years after Erotrea captured the disputed island of
Hanish that it later handed back to Yemen following international negotiations.