11 members of Yemeni security forces injured after bombing

The U.S. embassy was closed to the public in Yemen this week in response to attacks on foreigners.
By Aileen Graef Follow @AileenGraef Contact the Author   |   May 9, 2014 at 4:23 PM

SANAA, Yemen, May 9 (UPI) -- At least 11 members of Yemen's security forces were injured after a bomb exploded as their convoy passed the British embassy on Friday.

On Monday, a French citizen was killed after a gunman open fired on his car. Also this week, the Yemen Defense Agency said 37 members of al-Qaida were killed with dozens more injured as part of a major offensive launch in the south of the country.

The government is cracking down on journalists as well as terrorists. Adam Baron, a freelance journalist who has been in the country for three years, was deported from the country. James Asher, the Washington bureau chief for McClatchy confirmed the deportation to the Huffington Post saying Baron, "believes the deportation is about his journalism."

Iona Craig, of the London Times, says the government made it extremely difficult for foreign journalists to operate.

"One of the reasons why there's such an issue with a lot coverage of Yemen is that it's being covered from elsewhere," Baron said, "when this is a country that you really need to be deeply enmeshed in to really understand."

The U.S. State Department has not commented on the deportation.

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