Monday, July 19, 2004

Cell phone robberies sweep Yemen - (United Press International)

Cell phone robberies sweep Yemen - (United Press International): "Cell phone robberies sweep Yemen


Sanaa, Yemen, Jul. 19 (UPI) -- Yemeni police said Monday a craze of cell phone robberies is sweeping the poor Arab country with some 800 phones stolen on a daily basis.
'The trend of stealing mobile telephones has increased in an unprecedented way especially in the capital, Sanaa, and other major cities,' a police source told UPI.
He said organized gangs specializing in the robbery of cell phones are operating in crowded markets and places in big cities.
'We have arrested many of those gangs and referred their members to trial,' he said.
'We can say that up to 800 phones are being stolen daily and some 24,000 every month,' he added.
Yemen introduced the cell phone system in 2000 and the number of mobile phone users is estimated at a half-million."

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