Aden: Work in Passport Department Suspended

Hadi’s government suspended the immigration and passport service’s activity in the southern Yemeni city of Aden indefinitely, in a move that would deny citizens access to travel documents, Yemen News Portal reported, based on sources.

According to the Sources, Hadi’s Interior Minister, Ibrahim Haydan directed to suspend the work of the Immigration and Passports Department after its building in Khor Maksar directorate was stormed by a force belonging to the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) and its attempt to arrest leaders of the department, including the financial official, in connection with a conflict over revenues.

“The measure includes separating the networking between the department in Aden and the main issue center in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which means stopping the issuance of passports and disrupting the interests of thousands of people wishing to travel, especially patients,” the sources explained.

Hadi’s decision to move the department’s issue center from Yemen to Jeddah causes frequent interruptions in passport issuance processes and delayed acquisition, in addition to violating national sovereignty, allowing Saudi Arabia and its agencies to access the data of Yemeni citizens.

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