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Clarification of Yemeni border incident that was reported in media

An official source today clarified the facts in the report that appeared in yesterday's Alsharq Alawsat, to the effect that seven foreign oil experts had been detained by Saudi authorities. The incident in question, the source said, involved seven Yemeni nationals in two vehicles, who encountered a Saudi patrol last Friday morning. They explained that they worked for a foreign oil company, had lost their way in the Empty Quarter, and requested permission to spend the night at the border checkpoint before returning to Yemeni territory.